Symptom and Diseases

Swine Flu & its symptoms

A Flu Pandemic (such as swine flu) has the potential to severely affect the operation of Orangebox by the impact it may have on employees and their families, public transport systems, our suppliers, our customers etc. Pandemic influenza has the potential to affect all businesses and employers in any region, including those providing essential services on which this business relies.

The Management Team are responsible for continuity planning to ensure that disruption to the business as the result of a flu pandemic is minimised as far as possible.

    This document is specifically designed to provide information to all employees regarding: -
  • Swine flu & it's symptoms

  • Hygiene measures to help stop the spread of swine flu within the business;

Steps to take if you believe you or a family members has flu

    Swine Flu & It's Symptoms
  • What is Swine Flu?

    Swine flu is a respiratory disease which is capable of spreading from human to human. It is a new virus and therefore no one will have immunity to it and everyone is at risk of catching it.
    The symptoms of swine flu are broadly the same as those of ordinary flu, but may be more severe and cause more serious complications in some cases.

  • What Are The Symptoms?
      The symptoms of swine flu are similar to those of regular flu and include: -
    • sudden fever (a high body temperature of 38C/100.4F or above), and

    • sudden cough.
    Other symptoms may include:
    • headache

    • aching muscles

    • tiredness

    • limb or joint pain

    • chills

    • diarrhoea or stomach upset

    • sore throat

    • runny nose

    • sneezing

    • loss of appetite

  • How Serious Is It?
    Most people who contract swine flu recover within a week and do not suffer complications, even without being given antiviral medication.
      Some groups of people are more at risk of serious illness if they catch swine flu including: -
    • people aged 65 and over;

    • young children under 5 years old;

    • those with underlying health conditions such as asthma

  • Is There A Vaccination?
    No, there is currently no vaccine against swine flu as this is an entirely new form of flu.

    If you are diagnosed with the condition you may be issued with antiviral drugs (Tamiflu and Relenza) which will hep your recovery. Given the current stocks available of antivirals it is anticipated that "high risk categories" (i.e. those with underlying health conditions) will be given priority.

    Hygiene Measures To Help Stop The Spread Of Swine Flu Within The Business

  • How Does Swine Flu Spread?
      All flu viruses consist of tiny particles which can spread through droplets from your nose when you cough or sneeze.
    • If you cough or sneeze without covering your nose or mouth these droplets will spread into to the air and others may breathe them;

    • If you cough or sneeze into your hand the germs will spread from your hand to any hard surfaces that you touch and they are capable of living on these surfaces for some time. Key risk areas include door handles, keyboards, phones, remote controls etc. The germs can then be picked up from these surfaces by other people.

  • What Can I Do To Protect Myself / Others?
    Swine flu is spread mainly person to person through coughing or sneezing by infected people, therefore the best way to protect yourself and others is to follow good hygiene practices.
      When you cough or sneeze it is critical that you follow the rules of good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs within the workplace so: -
    • Always carry tissues

    • Use clean tissues to cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze

    • Bin the tissue after one use

    • Wash your hands with soap and water and use the hand sanitizer

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