There has been a lot of coverage of the recent outbreak of Swine Flu in the press and in the media. Doctor Pixie has been fielding questions all week from concerned people, and has summed up her key advice below.
Firstly don’t panic! The best way to keep any flu virus at bay is regular washing of hands and surfaces. This is because this contagious virus is spread though the droplets that come out of your nose or mouth when you cough or sneeze (and these can reach over 3 feet!)
Doctors call this ‘droplet’ infection and the best way to prevent it is to do what your mother used to tell you when you were little and had a cold; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, always carry tissues, and put your used tissues in the bin (not on the floor of the bus or in your coat pocket!)
If you have flu like symptoms then the best thing to do is to stay at home, and contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or your local GP surgery. Sitting in the doctors waiting room is really the the last thing you should do.
The doctor cannot vaccinate you or provide you with any ‘cure’ for Swine Flu, but they can advise you if you would benefit from anti-viral treatment or need futher tests.
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