First aid

Your personal swine flu action plan

swine flu action plan A plan of action for you and your family

You should be prepared in case swine flu infects you or a member of your family. Here is a simple guide to steps you can take.

Be prepared

Most people suffer mild symptoms if infected with swine flu. These are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu. Make sure you have paracetamol based medicines, and also a supply of cough medicines. If you have children or if you or someone in your family has medical complications, make sure you have appropriate medicines to hand. Consult your GP or pharmacist for best advice.

Stock up on soups and other long lasting foods so that if you are infected, you will be able to reduce the number of times you need to leave the house.

If you live alone make sure you have a "flu friend" - someone you can contact if you feel unwell or become infected. They will be able to check on you and get your medicines from the doctor if they are prescribed for you. This is especially important if you are in a high risk group.

If you have friends, family or neighbours who live alone, make sure that they have a "flu friend" organized. Again, this is vital if they are in a high risk group.

Have the number of your GP ready to hand, as well as the National Flu Service and NHS Direct numbers and web site addresses - see the end of this article for details.

Check the list of symptoms in this guide so you know what to look out for.

Keep things clean - follow our guide to preventing swine flu for details.

Sources of information

TheFamilyGP guide to swine flu

Action plan

For tips on how to be prepared for swine flu, and important contact numbers and sources of information.

Swine flu background

Risk groups

Progress of the disease

This article was published on Fri 17 July 2009

Image © CDC C. S. Goldsmith and A. Balish

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