Swine Flu Advice and Information
29th July 2009
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FACTSHEET – Swine flu: What you should do.


  • Include fever, cough, sore throat, aches, feeling cold and fatigue
  • Incubation period is from one – four days
  • Infectious period – people are most infectious soon after they develop the symptoms.  They can spread the virus for up to five days. 

How is the virus transmitted:

  • Coughing / sneezing
  • Shaking hand of an infected person
  • Touching surfaces / objects that are contaminated with the virus 

How Businesses can prevent the spread of infection in the workplace

  • Businesses should provide anti-bacterial wipes or fluid in the workplace
  • Employees should always carry tissues
  • Staff should regularly wash their hands with soap or a sanitizer gel and absorb coughs and sneezes in tissues
  • Employees must bin the tissues after one use 

What should businesses do if employees show signs of swine flu

  • Advise employees to contact the National Pandemic Flu Line service Tel 0800 1 513 513  or visit www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu 
  • Individuals should be sent home
  • Staff must not return to work until fully recovered

    Special Considerations

    ·         If an employee is pregnant, point them to special advice on the NHS Choices website - http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pandemic-flu/Pages/QA.aspx

    Stay in touch - For further information

    • Download detailed guidance for employers in the workplace from Department of Health website.  http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAwebFile/HPAweb_C/1241246622785
    • Email the official Government swine flu leaflet to all your employees http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/04April/Documents/Swine%20Flu%20Leaflet_Web%20Version.pdf  
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