Pandemic influenza emerges as a result of a new flu virus which is markedly different from recently circulating strains. Few – if any – people will have any immunity to this new virus thus allowing it to spread easily and to cause more serious illness.
Pandemic flu can’t be prevented, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce the spread of the virus and your risk of catching it. Some of the main ones are listed below.
Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
Put used tissues into a bin as soon as you can.
Wash your hands with soap and water frequently, especially after you sneeze or cough.
As well as washing your hands frequently, use an alcohol-based liquid or gel hand sanitiser, for example, after coughing or handling used tissues.
Clean hard surfaces like door handles and desks frequently.
Stay away from large crowds of people.
Don’t travel unless it’s necessary.
If you’re in a risk group, have the currently recommended flu vaccine once it becomes available.
Make sure your children follow these guidelines too.