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Pandemic Flu

Pandemic Flu

Past pandemics have varied in scale, severity and consequence and it is impossible to forecast the precise characteristics, spread and impact of a new influenza strain.

The recent 2009 swine flu pandemic was a worldwide outbreak of a new strain of H1N1 influenza virus. The World Health Organisation declared a pandemic on 11 June 2009. Public Health Wales estimated that about 10% of the population, around 300,000 people, contracted the virus over this period

If you’re worried about Pandemic Flu there are a number of things you can do:

  • Keep healthy – a healthy lifestyle will be a great defence against flu and other illnesses.
  • Identify a flu friend – somebody who would collect your medication, food and other supplies allowing you to be isolated from the public if you catch the virus.
  • Keep personal stocks of ‘over the counter’ cold and flu medication to help relieve your symptoms.
  • Know the arrangements for your child’s school.

Look out for and observe advice and guidance from Public Health Wales.

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