What can you do?

The Department of Health have published a range of information to inform the public about the risk of a flu pandemic. 

Good respiratory and hand hygiene practices can help to reduce transmission of all viruses.

This includes:

  • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible
  • disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully
  • maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people
  • cleaning hard surfaces (eg door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product
  • making sure your children follow this advice

It is important to recognise that the steps outlined above are crucial in defending yourself and your loved ones against not just seasonal flu, but also in a pandemic situation.