Swine ‘Flu – latest advice

Our local NHS primary care trusts have issued the following updated advice regarding the swine flu outbreak:


What is Swine Flu?

  • Official name is H1N1 – new strain of flu circulating on a global level.
  • Birmingham has a high number of cases with most being in Heart of Birmingham.
  • Mild illness lasting up to 5 days.

Those without underlying illness recover well.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever/high temperature – if you don’t have this it is not likely to be swine flu.
  • Aches & pains
  • Vomiting and diarrhoea

You do not have to have all the above, but Fever and 2 other symptoms mean you most likely have it.

Key points for everyone to note are:-

1. Everyone should follow good hand hygiene – this means washing your hands properly and regularly

2. Just like the normal winter flu If you have symptoms:-
– stay at home
– avoid visitors
– don’t spread it by attending places of worship or large gatherings
– ring your GP surgery; don’t visit them or an Accident and Emergency department straight away.

3. When you sneeze or cough:
– catch it with a tissue
– throw it away by binning it
– and wash your hands

4. If you are given medication make sure you complete the course!

5. If you are travelling abroad please check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for information specific to the country you are visiting: http://www.fco.gov.uk