Swine Influenza Advice
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised its Pandemic Alert Level to 6. Robert Gordon University has developed contingency plans which covers the current scenario, which the Executive Group has put into operation. We will monitor the ongoing situation and provide advice and guidance specific to the University as necessary. This will be guided by advice issued by the Government and expert health bodies.
Current Scottish Government advice is that if you return from an area that is affected by swine flu, you should monitor your health closely for seven days. If you feel ill with fever and other influenza-like symptoms (e.g. generalised aches and pains, cough and sore throat), you should seek medical attention by staying at home and phoning your local GP or NHS 24 (08454 242424).
Individuals are further advised to reduce the risk of spreading infections by practising good hygiene at all times, including:
- using a tissue to cover your mouth when coughing and/or sneezing, disposing of the tissue promptly and then washing your hands;
- washing hands frequently with soap and water, especially after coughing, sneezing and using tissues;
- avoiding touching your mouth, eyes and nose unless you have recently cleaned your hands;
- using normal household detergent and water to clean surfaces frequently touched by hands;
- an alcohol hand rub, which kills the flu virus within 30 seconds could be used as an alternative for cleaning hands which are visibly clean.
Both the WHO and the Government are not restricting regular travel or closing borders, but it is prudent to check the WHO and Foreign and Commonwealth Office websites before travelling. Those who are currently ill should consider delaying international travel.
Current information can be found at the following web sites:
Students with particular concerns should contact Student Services on 01224 262111 / 117.
Staff with concerns should contact Occupational Health and Environmental safety on 01224 262086