Now it's bird flu again...
flu fear as mutant strain hits China and Vietnam
BBC News, 29 Aug 2011
Bird flu could come back, while a mutant strain - able to
sidestep vaccines - could be spreading in Vietnam and China, the United
Nations has warned.
See the weekly flu data
Tas Govt media release, 14 July 2011
Weekly flu data will be published for the first time this winter, to
encourage Tasmanians to help prevent the spread of flu.
Deputy Director Public Health Dr Chrissie Pickin said today’s fluTAS
report shows the number of Tasmanians getting diagnosed with flu is
starting to increase, with 25 cases notified in the past four weeks.
●The weekly fluTAS report is
fluTAS report 2011.
Swine flu rearing its ugly head in UK
school swine flu "surge"
teachers.tv, 5 Jan. 2011
Doctors are predicting a significant increase in the number of swine flu
cases as children return to school following the Christmas break...
more 2011 swine flu news stories
Swine flu pandemic over
news.com.au, 1 December 2010
THE swine flu pandemic which claimed 213 Australian lives has been
officially declared over by federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon.
Teen Andrew Allan died after swine flu went undiagnosed (Perth Now,
25 Sep 2010)
Swine flu cases rising in Australia (SMH, 27 Aug 2010)
swine flu vaccine withdrawn (ABC, 27 Aug 2010)
|Information from the
Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr Chrissie Pickin - 4 August
letter to parents and carers [Word doc]
dated 4 August 2010, Dr Pickin says that over the coming
weeks the number of people with Swine flu is expected to rise.
- get immunised, and get their children immunised
- keep children at home and away from group
activities, if they have flu-like symptoms
- encourage good hygiene by washing hands and covering
sneezes with a tissue or the inside of the elbow instead of the
- see their doctor if they are worried.
Dr Pickin says that people at high risk of serious illness
from Swine Flu include pregnant women, obese people, indigenous
people, those with asthma and other long-term breathing
problems, those with illnesses such as diabetes, heart, kidney
or liver disease, or chronic neurological conditions, and those
whose immune systems have been weakened, as can occur due to as
cancer treatment or HIV/AIDS.
It is important to
see the letter for full details.
See also the
2010 update on the Education Department's website.
|Information from the World Health Organisation, 11 August
Swine Flu Pandemic Over, WHO Declares
But H1N1 Flu Bug Still Here, Becoming Seasonal
July 10, 2010 -- The H1N1 swine flu pandemic is over, the World
Health Organization declared today.
The world has now entered the "post-pandemic period" in which the H1N1
virus has begun acting like -- and circulating with -- other flu bugs.
"The new H1N1 virus has largely run its course," WHO Director-General
Margaret Chan, MD, said at a news teleconference.
The information below was last updated on 12 February 2010.
Keeping up to date |
Protecting yourself |
information for students and parents is subject to change. Check back here every day.
Updated 12 February 2010
Vaccinations suspended for children aged 5 and under
Seasonal flu vaccinations have been suspended until further notice
for children aged 5 years and under.
The concerns that have led to the suspension relate to a particular type
of seasonal flu vaccine and are not related to the
specific swine flu vaccine.
Free swine flu vaccine now available for adults and
GPs and most local government vaccination centres are now
providing free swine flu vaccinations, the Director of public
Health said in a letter sent home to parents at the beginning of term 1,
First wave appears to be over: 9 September
The first wave of the H1N1 pandemic (swine flu) appears to be
attention to hygiene such as washing hands is
need to remain vigilant, stay home if unwell and seek
early medical help if severely ill or in a vulnerable group, and
we need to
get ready for the second wave
The second wave of swine flu is expected to hit with renewed
strength some time in the next nine months.
A roll-out of vaccine is being organised.
More information is available in the
from Acting Director of Public Health, Dr Chrissie Picken.
sure you read the
Latest advice ►
in relation to schools
Update for parents: 31 July
Assume it's swine flu, but you
don't need to see a doctor...
The Acting Director of Public
Health, Dr Chrissie Picken, has asked schools to distribute a
parents and careers that includes the following points:
If a child has flu you
should now assume it is swine flu.
Most students with flu,
even swine flu, do not need to see a doctor, but if you still
feel they should then phone the Flu
Certain people with a
flu-like illness who are
at high risk of severe illness from flu, however, should
see a doctor as soon as possible.
If your child has flu then
they need to stay home for seven days, particularly because
they could endanger the high risk people by attending school.
It is important to
see the letter
in order to read the detail behind these points.
- 31 July
Washing hands is essential
Washing your hands properly and frequently is essential if you're
going to give yourself the best chance of avoiding swine flu.
- Dated Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Changes in swine flu advice: June
In June there were
changes to what students with swine flu, any flu and possible flu should do
(Letter to parents and carers
dated 18 June 2009 from the Acting
Director of Public Health).
VULNERABLE PEOPLE include pregnant women, those who already have
heart disease, diabetes, renal disease, immune
system suppression or significant obesity, and
those who have asthma or other diseases that involve breathing
difficulties. Aboriginal groups may be at increased risk
because many already have underlying health factors.
Presentation for high risk groups.
vulnerable people, early assessment and treatment is
important if their condition deteriorates. They should phone the
Flu Hotline if they are concerned about the
severity of their illness.
Students no longer have to stay home simply
because they have travelled to Victoria or other affected places.
(and other people) with any kind of flu need to
stay home for seven days after they first get the flu.
mild illness and without underlying risk factors should
self-manage in the first instance and can use over-the-counter
Also, schools will not
automatically be closed if a student has been in the school
with swine flu.
There are NO LONGER any flu clinics
operating in Tasmania.
Hobart's only flu clinic, at 2-4 KIRKSWAY PLACE,
ceased operating on 30 August.
Like the others, it will remain on standby and be reactivated if
the need arises.
(Should it re-open, then the directions to access
it are: from Davey Street, turn into Sandy Bay Road, then
first left at the Gladstone Street traffic lights, then first right.)
The Brighton Civic Centre, Bridgewater, was our first flu clinic. However, all flu clinics have now closed and are on
Should the flu clinics re-open then the rules for
people attending will probably be only if BOTH
of the following apply to them:
- they have a flu-like illness (fever plus
one of the following: cough, sore throat or runny nose/nasal
- they have severe symptoms or are at risk
But before going to the flu clinic
you would need to phone the Flu Hotline.
If you have flu, see
What to do if you think you have flu.
If you think you may have been
exposed to the flu, see
What to do if you think you've been exposed to the flu
Presentation for high risk groups, especially
if you are in a high risk group.
For advice on how best to protect
yourself and others against swine flu see
How can I protect myself and my children? [pdf file].
The basic advice is:
Know the signs of flu: fever, dry cough, sore
throat, body aches and pains.
Use your phone straight away if you get flu
symptoms within seven days of relevant TRAVEL or CONTACT. (See
KEY MESSAGES at right.). Phone the
Flu Hotline: 1800
358 362 (1800 FLU DOC).
Stay home until you have recovered.
Keep your distance in public - one metre or
a very large step from other people.
Cover your cough or sneeze. Use a tissue or
the inside of your arm.
Wash your hands often with soap or alcohol-based hand rub
before touching your mouth, eyes, nose or anything that is to go
into your mouth. See the
media release on washing hands (22/7/2009)
Flu or just a cold?
Flu makes you feel miserable all over, while a cold is
generally focused on your head and throat. (More
Latest media releases:
For the most recent media releases see
Tasmanian Government Media
based on statements by the Minister for Health,
Department of Health and the Department of
advice for students and parents is subject to change. Check back here every day.
INFORMATION for students and parents/carers
WITH FLU SYMPTOMS
Students who are showing symptoms of
ANY kind of flu need to stay home - for SEVEN DAYS
from the onset of the flu.
The symptoms would be more than just a runny nose
though - they would normally consist of fever with a cough
and/or sore throat.
Anyone (student or adult) with such
symptoms needs to stay home and away from others
as much as possible.
Staying home not only reduces the spread
of the flu but also protects
vulnerable people at school or work.
Although the first wave of
swine flu appears to have passed, it is important to remain
Of top importance
are students who could be particularly vulnerable to the effects
of swine flu. These students are those who:
- take medications to prevent
asthma (not those who only require occasional medication
to relieve symptoms)
- have diabetes or heart,
lung, kidney, liver or immune system problems
- have cancer, including
Parents of these students should seek
medical care early if they get a fever
with a cough and/or sore throat. Antivirals may be provided, but
must be started within 48 hours of the child getting sick
to be effective.
Monitor the health of all children
who get sick with flu symptoms. If your child has flu symptoms
and is lethargic – has difficulty waking up, is
no longer alert, or is not playing – or if you are
worried about how sick your child is, seek urgent medical
to parents and carers, 6 July 2009)
KEY MESSAGES FROM THE
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Phone 1800 358 362 (1800 FLU DOC)
if you are worried about your symptoms.
Key symptoms of swine
flu are fever, with cough and/or sore throat, runny
or blocked nose, headache and a general feeling of
being unwell. See also
H1N1 influenza (swine flu)?
This is especially important
if you are pregnant or have asthma, chronic
obstructive airways disease (COAD), heart disease,
diabetes, renal disease or immunity problems or if you
are significantly obese.
Please phone the hotline number BEFORE going to
a flu clinic, a hospital,
or your GP.
Advice from the
Department of Primary Industries and Water
is free of swine flu in pigs.
It is safe to eat properly handled
and cooked pork and pig meat products.
People with flu-like symptoms
should not work with pigs (or fowl) - to prevent the virus
being transferred to the animals.
(2 June 2009)
For full details see the DPIW
Swine Flu page.
Other names for SWINE FLU include
Human Swine Flu, H1N1 Influenza 09, Influenza A (H1N1) and Novel
Department of Education
Department of Education's
and Pandemic Management page also provides useful information
teachers and parents.
Asked Questions (19 June 2009)
Pandemic Influenza website.