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Pandemic Flu

Flu (influenza) pandemics arise as a result of a new flu virus developing and spreading. As a new strain few people will have immunity against it, putting larger numbers of people at risk. This type of flu will spread quickly from person to person and symptoms will be similar to seasonal flu, but may be more severe in some cases.

To prepare for pandemic flu and reduce your risk of catching or spreading the virus you should get in the habit of:

  • Always carry tissues
  • Use clean tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and or sneeze
  • Bin the tissue after use
  • Wash your hands with soap and hot water or a sanitiser gel often

The best way to remember this is: Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

Swine flu

During an outbreak of flu it is important to follow good hygiene practices by:

  • Always carrying tissues
  • Use clean tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze
  • Bin the tissue after use
  • Wash your hands with soap and hot water or sanitiser gel often

The best way to remember this is: Catch it, Bin it, Kill it

2) Set up a network of 'flu friends' these can be neighbours, friends or relatives who can help you if you get ill; by collecting your medicine from the pharmacy; picking up food for you etc, so there is no need for you to leave the house and risk infecting others.

For more information on Pandemic and Swine Flu, visit the NHS Scotland website.

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