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Friday, 17 July 2009

National Swine Flu Pandemic Service

The Department of Health announced today that it will soon launch its National Pandemic Flu Service.

This service is made up of a website and call centres which will quickly be able to tell members of the public whether they have swine flu. If they do, they will be given an authorisation number that a 'flu friend' - a friend or relative who does not have swine flu - can use to pick up antivirals from local antiviral collection points.

· England - the service should be up and running in England from the end of next week. Until then, if someone thinks they may have swine flu, they should go online and check symptoms on the NHS Choices website, or call the swine flu information line on 0800 1 513 513. If they still think they have swine flu, they should then call their GP

· Scotland - people who are worried about flu-like symptoms should continue to contact their GP or NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24

· Wales - if symptoms are causing concern, or people are in an at risk group such as those with heart and lung disease, children under 5 or pregnant women, they should phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or phone their GP

Northern Ireland - Swine Flu Helpline 0800 0514 142 - (8am - 8pm) Daily

It is particularly important for people with chronic lung, kidney or heart disease, under fives, over 65s and pregnant women to use the new service as soon as they have symptoms and to keep in touch with their GP. Parents with children under one year should call their GP if their child has symptoms as soon as possible.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 11:48 am  

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