Some easy ways to help reduce the risk of Swine Flu spreading 


There are a number of ways people can help to prevent infection and reduce the risk of Swine Flu.

General infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the human swine influenza:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.  
  • Dispose of dirty tissues promptly and carefully in a bin after one use.
  • Maintain good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people.
  • Clean hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.
  • Make sure your children follow this advice.


If someone who has been to the affected areas of Mexico and/or the U.S is feeling sick what should they do?

Anyone who has recently travelled to the affected areas and is experiencing influenza like illness should stay at home to limit contact with others.  Seek medical advice by telephone from your GP surgery or by calling ShropDoc outside normal surgery hours on 08450 20 21 31. Do not go into your GP surgery or your hospital as you may spread the disease to others.

Information and advice is also available from the NHS Choices website at, the national recorded Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1 513 513 or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.


Further Information

Further information is available from the NHS Choices website:

  • If you are unsure about your symptoms, use this special flu symptom checker.
  • For an explanation of swine flu, its causes, symptoms and treatment, go to Swine flu.
  • For quick questions and answers go to Swine flu Q&A.
  • For the latest updates on the swine flu outbreak go to Flu virus latest.

Travel advice is available from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at

Further detailed information about Swine Flu can be found by visiting the Health Protection Agency's website at or by accessing the Department of Health website at 

Last Updated 06 May 2009

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