WHAT CAN I DO TO PROTECT MYSELF AND OTHERS AGAINST FLU?
The best thing you can do to protect yourself is to follow good hygiene practices. These will help to slow the spread of the virus and will be the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself and others from infection.
When you cough or sneeze it is especially important to follow the rules of good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs:
1. Always carry tissues
2. Use clean tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze.
3. Bin the tissues after one use.
4. Wash your hands with soap and hot water or a sanitiser gel often.
There's a simple way to remember this:
CATCH IT, BIN IT, KILL IT.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM MEXICO OR AN AFFECTED COUNTRY AND I THINK I MIGHT HAVE SWINE FLU?
1. STAY AT HOME
2. CHECK YOUR SYMPTOMS ON WWW.NHS.UK IF POSSIBLE
CALL THE SWINE FLU INFORMATION LINE ON 0800 1 513 513
If you have taken these steps and are still concerned, call your GP. Or you can call 0800 0514 142 in Northern Ireland they will give you advice on your symptoms and the next steps you should take.
Do not go into your GP surgery of local accident and emegency department unless ou are advised to do so or you are seiously ill, beacuse you might spread the illness to others Ask a flu friend to go out for you.