Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to keep up fight against swine flu

sneezingLichfield and Burntwood residents are being urged to remain vigilant against the spread of swine flu.

Despite the rates of infection falling, the return of children across the region to school has led to forecasts of another boom in the number of cases.

John Wicks, Flu Director at South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust said:

“We have plans in place for a much bigger second wave of Swine Flu, which will potentially see more cases than in the first wave. So we are appealing to teachers and parents to remain vigilant to help stop the spread of Swine Flu now the schools have gone back.

“People who have any symptoms of Swine Flu can spread the virus if they mix with other people and although Swine Flu is relatively mild for most people, it can lead to complications for anyone with existing medical conditions.”

People are being reminded that if they develop flu-like symptoms (including high temperature, cough, runny nose, sore throat, headache, joint/limb pains, diarrhoea or vomiting) then they should stay at home and not visit their GP. People should instead check their symptoms first on www.pandemicflu.direct.gov.uk, or 0800 1513 100, and call the Swine Flu information line on 0800 1513 513 to hear the latest advice.

Anyone with chronic lung, kidney or heart disease, the under fives, over 65s and pregnant women can also use this service but should telephone their GP if advised.

If people have taken these steps and are still concerned they should call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

There are also simple steps people can use to stop the spread of the virus. Always use a tissue to catch sneezes and throw away used tissues, where germs can linger, and wash hands frequently.

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