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Swine Flu: controlling its spread

20 May 2009

Advice from NHS Manchester

wash your hands regularly

You'll have heard about Swine Flu in the press. Although it perhaps might seem to be 'media hype', there are several cases of Swine Flu in the UK at the moment and a few in the North West.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised its pandemic alert level to 5 - meaning there is human-to-human spread of the virus in at least two countries within one WHO region. This is a strong indication that a pandemic may be imminent.

As a member of the public, you can help to control the spread of Swine Flu, as well as other infections.

To do this you must:

  • Always use a tissue to catch your sneezes
  • Only use a tissue once, and afterwards dispose of it immediately and carefully
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water
  • Keep hard surfaces (e.g. kitchen worktops and door handles) clean

If you (or someone you know) are concerned because you think you may be affected by Swine Flu after recently visiting an infected area and have developed flu-like symptoms, the key steps are:

  • Limit contact with others
  • Don't go in person to see a GP, A&E or other health service
  • Do stay at home and call a GP by telephone, contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit NHS Direct online