Keep up to date with latest information relating the the swine flu outbreak.
The Department of Health has stated that The World Health Organization has raised its alert over the spread of swine flu to level five – one short of its highest alert level.
Phase five means that person-to-person spread of the virus has taken place in at least two countries.
A leaflet published by The Department of Health, which will be delivered to people’s doors nationwide early next week. It explains swine flu and how it could spread, what UK governments have done to prepare for a wider outbreak of flu, how people can protect themselves against flu as well as what to do if they have flu symptoms.
Download the Swine flu information leaflet (PDF, 912K)
CATCH IT. BIN IT. KILL IT
A mass public health campaign has begun today with TV, print and radio adverts warning people about swine flu with the simple message: CATCH IT. BIN IT. KILL IT.
It is important to emphasise that in all cases outside Mexico, the symptoms of this illness are mild and all patients have made a full recovery.
Take simple measures to prevent infection.
Wash Hands Regularly and where washing facilities are unavailable or when travelling, consider using an antibacterial gel for the hands, such as that used in medical establishments.
Sneeze or cough into a TISSUE handkerchief (Not your hand), ensuring that both the nose and mouth are covered. Then dispose of the tissue IMMEDIATELY.
Anyone who develops flu-like symptoms should go home and contact their GP. Anyone who has recently travelled to the affected areas and is experiencing influenza-like illness should stay at home to limit contact with others and seek medical advice by phone from a local health professional or NHS Direct.
Ensuring a clean home or workplace free of bacteria will keep you healthy and mobilis direct offers some of the best cleaning products available. With sterilisation products, disposable gloves and masks, and wipes and sprays for both surfaces and the skin, you can keep your environment clean.
For information on the health and hygiene aspects of swine flu, visit the Department of Health website.
Swine flu – health protection advice
Swine flu – travel advice from the DOH
If you have recently visited one of the countries or areas where human cases of influenza have been identified, or are planning to do so, read the advice for travellers.
Swine flu – travel advice