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Alert: Important information about swine flu

Last updated 13:33 PM Monday 20 July 2009

There were an estimated 55,000 new cases of swine flu in the UK last week, and 29 people have died so far. Read the latest official advice to help protect yourself and others.

Key messages

If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:

  • Read up on swine flu symptoms
  • Check your symptoms with the NHS Direct swine flu symptom checker
  • If you are then still concerned, stay at home and call your GP
  • If swine flu is confirmed, ask a healthy friend or relative to pick up your antiviral medication from the collection point advised by your GP

Note: If you belong to a high-risk group it is particularily important you start taking antivirals as soon as possible. High-risk groups include people with long-term conditions, those over 65, children under five and pregnant women.

Key reading

Key actions

Swine flu is spreading fast in the UK with several hundred new cases being confirmed daily. Prepare now:

  • Establish a network of "flu friends" - friends and relatives - who can help if you fall ill. They could, for example, collect medicines and food for you
  • Make sure that you have an adequate amount of paracetamol-based cold remedies in the house in case you become ill

Good hygiene

Preventing the spread of germs is the single most effective way to slow the spread of diseases such as swine flu. You should always:

  • Ensure everyone washes their hands regularly with soap and water
  • Clean surfaces regularly to get rid of germs
  • Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Place used tissues in a bin as soon as possible
  • For more on the changes announced by government today go to Swine flu latest news.

Go to Directgov for essential cross-government information on swine flu, including latest advice on travel, schools and other public services

For information specific to Scotland, go to NHS24

For information specific to Wales, go to NHS Direct Wales

For information specific to Northern Ireland, go to NIDirect

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