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Swine Flu

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!)

Swine Flu

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.

The NHS have provided an information guide all about Swine Flu which you can access by going to NHS Choices.

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Please note: Unfortunately Channel 4 cannot respond to individual inquiries. If you have any concerns, you can check out NHS Choices, but ultimately it is always best to check with a health professional.

i have suddenly came down with the cold and its realy woring me the i might catch if you have any advise please tell me thanks!





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I am travelling to Jamaica soon with Virgin Airlines. My mum told me to be carefull and wash my hands as often as possible because she said I wouldn't be allowed to go because Virgin Airlines will test anyone who has a sniffle at the airport to see if they have SWINEFLU. I was just wondering if this is true and is there anything I can do to make it a little more less likely to get it ?? Thanks for your help; :)





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I am just getting over 'flu like' symptoms, although I do think it was just a bad cold...however I do agree it's quite confusing as people have noted different levels of symptoms. For example my pregnant friend and her 3 children have all had confirmed swine flu (caught from school)- and all suffered with different symptoms. They are all fine now and have likened it to a really bad cold. So my advice is be prepared but don't panic.





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i live in quite a small estate and there are 2 seperate bits, there is the red brick(me)and the yellow brick.Thats because the houses have different coloured bricks.Between us there is a big beild and at the yellow brick 3 people have swine flu do you think it will spread up to the red brick?





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i have recently been diagnosed with swine flu, i'm 30 weeks pregnant so i was given a inhaler of zanamivir, instead of the tamiflu tablets. i have taken all the inhaler like the doctors told me to, it helped the first couple of days, but now ive taken the whole course im starting to feel worse. what should i do?





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i realised i had swine on sunday morning i am 13 and it is very incomfortable. it makes you tired and i have mostly all the symtoms i have my tamiflu wich is not really helping i have only been taking it for 2 days though.it does not seem to be as bad as they make it i just try to keep away from my family as much. i am healthy anyway so i should be ok.the symtoms i have are headache,tiredness,fatigue,sneezing,coughing and a extremely soar throat. if your family members get it please make them feel as comfortable as possible and try your best not to catch it oryou will go paranoid like people i saw at school before we broke up, still dont turn a blindeye to it. and if you do get it get your tamiflu stay inside keep warm treat yourself like for soar throat have some ice cream it helped my also drink as much water as you can and get some fresh air for a few minuets like opening a window and keep in contact with family like grandparent by speaking on the phone but dont let people to near you or they can catch it too.i will write more about this hope i lose my Swine Flu by my birthday wich i should i wrote this just to help other people so they know what to expect i hope to become a doctor one day as well to help people. hope you dont get the swine flu and if you do just listen to doctor advice and take your Tamiflu.





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my brother has swine flu and i live in the same house im scared that ill get it what can i do.





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i caught swine flu in the bus and my worst sumptoms are headache will it go within a few days and can i still go out on the weekend? I have been on tamiflu since 3 days pls heeeeeeelllllppppp





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i thought i had swine flu the other day i had a head acke and a sore throught and became very disy and very week and had acing bones , so i went to sleep for a few hours then i became fine and had no problems at all i was ok but i wondered what it was it seemed very weird that it happend and ever since i have been ok and have been myself what could it bee ???? x





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I am travelling to America in a few weeks.my daughter is 9yrs and has asthma.Should I take a prescription of tamiflu as it is only effective if given in the first 48hrs?





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