On 10 August 2010, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that the H1N1 influenza pandemic (swine flu) was officially over. However, it is important not to ignore it as it could be one of the viruses circulating during the winter. Therefore, WHO has announced that the H1N1 flu virus will be included in the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine. Actions taken in the UK are based on the situation here and our preparations are well advanced. People suffering from swine flu in the UK have so far experienced mild symptoms and make a rapid and full recovery and there has been a limited spread. However, a small minority have been more severe. The UK has been preparing for the possibility of a pandemic for a number of years and we are among the most prepared countries in the world. However, there are some simple precautionary steps we can all take to prevent the spread of viruses, including swine flu, such as following good basic hygiene practices that stop germs from spreading.
You can protect yourself and your family by making sure everyone washes their hands regularly with soap and water and by cleaning hard surfaces regularly. If you feel unwell, you can prevent a virus spreading to others by carrying tissues and using them to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If you use tissues, dispose of them as soon as possible, and wash your hands frequently. Remember – the best advice is catch it, bin it, kill it. You can also see the Government's swine flu leaflet as it has essential information about swine flu and what to do if you think you have symptoms. It also contains a telephone number for you to hear the latest information about swine flu.
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If you run a business, you can see details at Business Link