SWINE FLU UPDATE
The priority groups for vaccination are as follows:
This is an additional service we are being asked to provide and vaccines and clinic dates are limited.
If you do not wish to have this vaccination please let one of the receptionists know in order for us to update your records.
Swine influenza: Questions & Answers
What are the symptoms of swine influenza?
The symptoms of swine influenza in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza infection and include fever, fatigue, lack of appetite, coughing and sore throat. Some people with swine flu have also reported vomiting and diarrhoea.
What Should I do if I am concerned that I, or a friend or relative has swine flu?
1. STAY AT HOME – DO NOT COME TO THE SURGERY
2. Limit contact with others
3. Check your symptoms as soon as possible on www.nhs.uk/ or call the information helpline on 0800 1 513513
4. or call NHS direct 0845 46 47
5. or call us and ask to speak to the Practice Nurse or GP ideally within 48 hrs of onset of symptoms
6. Antivirals will be prescribed if necessary.
If a prescription is issued, you will need to arrange for another person (someone without flu) to collect it for you.
Only certain chemists have stocks of antivirals so make sure youask usfor the options of where to go when you collect your prescription.
Do NOT go to A&E unless you are seriously ill.
Is treatment available?
Testing has shown that the human swine influenza H1N1 can be treated with the antivirals oseltamavir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza).
Most of the previously reported swine influenza cases recovered fully from the disease without requiring medical attention and without antiviral medicines.
Is this swine flu virus contagious?
It has been determined that this virus is contagious and it spreads between people, although it is not known how easily.
What measures can I take to protect against infection?
General infection control practices and good respiratory hand hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the human swine influenza. This includes:
· Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
· Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
· Maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people
· Cleaning hard surfaces (e.g. door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product
· Making sure your children follow this advice