Student Wellbeing

Swine Flu

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 by phone on 111, or phone your doctor.

You are advised to contact your doctor if:

  • you have serious underlying health conditions
  • you are pregnant
  • you care for a child under one
  • you care for children whose condition suddenly gets worse
  • your condition is worsening after 7 days (5 days for a child)

Related Links

Additional guidance from Health Protection Agency
World Health Organisation