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
national recorded Swine Flu Information Line on
0800 1 513 513 or NHS Direct on 0845 46
Further information is available from the
- 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
Further detailed information about Swine Flu can be found by
visiting the Health Protection Agency's website at
www.hpa.org.uk or by
accessing the Department of Health website at
Last Updated 06 May 2009