Swine Flu

Swine flu is a respiratory illness caused by a new strain of the flu A virus named 'Pandemic (H1N1) 2009' by the World Health Organization. Transmission is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu. The infection can be effectively treated with anti-virals. Most reported cases in the UK have been mild and people have recovered fully after treatment but the infection can be severe in a small minority of cases.

Key Messages

If you think you may have swine flu, contact NHS Choices, or phone your doctor:

• Online: http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
• Phone: 111

You are advised to contact your doctor if you have serious underlying health conditions, are pregnant, or care for a child under one or children whose condition suddenly gets worse and those whose condition is still getting worse after 7 days (5 days for a child).

Related Links

Additional guidance on Health Protection Agency: www.hpa.org.uk/
Directgov: www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm
World Health Organisation: www.who.int/csr/disease/swineflu/en/index.html