Whitehorse City Council

Pandemic

A pandemic is the outbreak of a disease on a worldwide scale. A pandemic occurs when a new strain of virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the population, and which is readily transferred between humans to produce infection in a high proportion of those exposed.

> Prevention

> Hygiene
> Immunisation
> Influenza Anti-Virus Medication
> Planning
> When Unwell
> For Business Owners
> Further Info

 


For Individuals and Families

Prevention

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands with soap or alcohol-based hand-wash
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Don’t share personal items
  • Clean all surfaces
  • Maintain good health and fitness

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Immunisation

  • Consider obtaining an annual flu vaccination
  • Ensure your children are immunised and receive appropriate boosters for:
    • Diphtheria
    • Tetanus
    • Pertussis
    • Polio
    • Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
    • Hepatitis B
    • Pneumococcal
    • Rotavirus
    • Chicken Pox
    • Human Papillomavirus

Contact Whitehorse City Council or your doctor for more information about available immunisations.

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Influenza Anti-virus Medication

Discuss influenza anti-viral medications with your doctor.

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Planning

  • Have a plan to stay at home for an extended period
  • Have pain relief, tissues, food and fluids on hand for at least a week’s stay at home
  • Obtain contact information for at-risk neighbours, friends and family members

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When Unwell

  • Stay at home, rest and drink plenty of fluids. Take simple analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (consult your doctor to ensure this is OK for you)
  • Refrain from smoking
  • Ask for help if living alone
  • Seek medical help and discuss anti-viral medication with your doctor

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Further Information

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For Business Owners

In the event of a pandemic, it is likely that small organisations with limited resources will particularly feel the impact. Even the loss of a few key employees, volunteers or suppliers has the potential to cause major disruptions to an organisation’s ability to function. With these factors in mind, non-government organisations should consider developing business continuity and pandemic plans and work closely with local government to manage the effects.

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Further Information

Business Continuity Guide for Australian Business (PDF) - aims to help Australian businesses consider what impact a human influenza pandemic might have on their businesses, and to help them take appropriate actions to prepare themselves.

Building resilience through business continuity and pandemic planning