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Swine flu, basic information, and contact links/numbers NO medical advice.

tinkerbell28 Avatar
7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
As requested by some members and I have being having emails for information, this is all the basic information and contact links you will need.
This thread is not for debate, or scaremongering, or medical advice, just plain information.
It's freely available for those that know what they are looking for, but those that don't it's all in one place for you.
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7y, 4m agoPosted 7 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Thanks for the info,you are a *Star*:)
banned#2
yawn

bored of swine flu
#3
Thank you, very useful info.
#4
Thanks tinkerbell28, very helpful info rep left for all your efforts.
#5
Johnrulez
yawn

bored of swine flu


I don't think you will be when someone you know dies of it, IMO that won't be long.

It seems to be really picking up pace now.

65,000 deaths in this country by the end of the year they reckon.
#6
greg_68
I don't think you will be when someone you know dies of it, IMO that won't be long.

It seems to be really picking up pace now.

65,000 deaths in this country by the end of the year they reckon.


Well said!:thumbsup:
#7
55,000 new cases for last week alone.
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tinkerbell28
Do not go into your GP surgery, or to a hospital, as you may spread the disease to others


When I had it about three weeks ago, I was told by NHS DIrect that if my symptoms got worse, to go to hospital, as each hospital should now have what was basically described as a 'quarantine room' set up for swine flu patients.

To anyone wondering about the above advice, I did what tinks has stated - cold remedies, plenty of rest, plenty of fluids (especially hot drinks for the sore throat) - and made a full recovery in just over a week.
#9
I've heard that some people are organizing swine flu parties at the moment.

Where some guests have it, and you can deliberately attend, in order to catch it,

as it'll be a milder form you get during the summer months, than it will be in the winter?
#10
I am assuming that if you get it and recover you are then immune to it provided it does not mutate into a different strain. Is that correct?

Saw this link for NI residents http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/health-and-well-being/swine-flu.htm

Thanks Tinks
#11
received this morning from work:-

As a result of the increasing numbers of people visiting their GP with flu symptoms and because of the need to be able to give antivirals to increasing numbers of people quickly, the decision has been taken by Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham to activate the National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS) from the end of next week.



This means that from the end of next week, people in England will be able to access swine flu advice and treatment through this new service, rather than by visiting their GP. People diagnosed with swine flu will be given an authorisation code that a ‘flu friend’ – a friend or relative who does not have swine flu – can use to pick up antivirals from a local Antiviral Collection Point (ACP). It remains the case that those people identified as being at greater risk of serious complications, including all children under one year old, will be advised to contact their GP.



In the meantime, if you are concerned that a friend, relative or colleague has swine flu, you should advise them to:



· Stay at home

· Check their symptoms as soon as possible on [url]www.nhs.uk[/url] or

· Call the Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1 513513 to hear the latest advice

· If they have taken these steps and are still concerned, call NHS Direct or their GP for advice on next steps, so that their GP can prescribe antivirals if necessary, ideally within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms and

· Advise them not to go to A&E unless they are seriously ill.



If you do experience symptoms, you can help yourself by staying at home, following the advice above, resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking over the counter flu remedies to relieve symptoms. If your condition worsens you should contact your GP.



I do understand that until the National Pandemic Flu Service is launched, some parts of the NHS have been experiencing and will continue to experience some localised pressure, as a result of the numbers of people seeking advice and treatment for swine flu. I want to thank you all again for your continued work to respond to the early stages of this pandemic. I anticipate that some of this pressure will be eased from next week when the National Pandemic Flu Service goes live, as it provides advice to those with swine flu, and those seeking reassurance. I would also like to thank those of you who, although not directly responding to the pandemic, are working flexibly to support your colleagues and to ensure we are providing all patients – both flu and non-flu – with high quality care.



Ian Dalton, National Director of NHS Flu Resilience has written today to all NHS Chief Executives and Chairs making clear what their organisations need to do to support the National Pandemic Flu Service.



You will shortly begin to see nationally placed advertising to promote the National Pandemic Flu Service and this material will be made available for local use by NHS communications leads to help ensure consistency of message. We will update you again with details of how to access the NPFS before the end of next week.



Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not yet need to use the National Pandemic Flu Service. This situation is being kept under constant review and they will be able to opt into the Service as and when needed.



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



In 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.



People in Northern Ireland who are worried about flu-like symptoms should stay at home and continue to contact their GP or the Northern Ireland helpline on 0800 0514 142 which operates daily from 8am-8pm.



The situation remains that in the majority of UK cases the virus has been generally mild, but has proven to be more severe in a small number of cases with some deaths more recently. We are working very closely with your Chief Executives to give them the best possible information we have to help them plan for the future.



As I outlined on 2 July, the Department of Health has signed contracts to purchase sufficient vaccine to vaccinate the entire population, with the first deliveries arriving in August and at least 60 million doses are expected by the end of the year. Decisions are still to be made about who will be prioritised to receive the first doses of the vaccine, but it remains the case that I anticipate that frontline staff will be considered alongside other high priority groups in order to protect them, their families and their patients.



David Nicholson

NHS Chief Executive
#12
midlandscomics
When I had it about three weeks ago, I was told by NHS DIrect that if my symptoms got worse, to go to hospital, as each hospital should now have what was basically described as a 'quarantine room' set up for swine flu patients.

To anyone wondering about the above advice, I did what tinks has stated - cold remedies, plenty of rest, plenty of fluids (especially hot drinks for the sore throat) - and made a full recovery in just over a week.


Thanks to tinks for the useful post, repped:thumbsup:

Thanks to midlandscomics too:thumbsup: repped
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tinkerbell28
Yes the do, or should have barrier nursing and quarantine in place, however it's common sense, most people are not ill enough to need hospital, out of hours will suffice and you will get seen/spoken to quicker.
First point of call should deninately be NHS direct or out of hours before hospital, [COLOR="Red"]it all depends on your local trust too[/COLOR].


South Staffs :?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/5722853/Hospital-failures-like-Mid-Staffordshire-scandal-could-be-repeated-say-MPs.html

:w00t: :w00t:
banned#14
At last!

A sensible thread on the subject.

Now, can the mods delete all the hysteria inducing ones and keep it to a single thread?

we dont need MISC full up with these.
banned#15
btw, rep for tinks and midlandcomics :)
[helper] 1 Like #16
Thanks for doing this Tinks - there is a slightly expanded list of the at risk groups on the NHS Choices website

The risk profile of the virus is still being studied but it is already known that the following people are particularly vulnerable:

people with:
- chronic lung disease,
- chronic heart disease,
- chronic kidney disease,
- chronic liver disease,
- chronic neurological disease (neurological disorders include motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease),
- immunosuppression (whether caused
by disease or treatment), and
- diabetes mellitus,
patients who have had drug treatment for asthma in the past three years,
pregnant women,
people aged 65 years and older, and
children under five years old.


It might also be worthwhile adding the symptoms in your post (incase the NHS site gets busy or crashes)

The symptoms of swine flu are broadly the same as those of ordinary flu, but may be more severe and cause more serious complications.

The typical symptoms are:

sudden fever (a high body temperature of over 38C or 100.4F), and
sudden cough.
Other symptoms may include:

headache,
tiredness,
chills,
aching muscles,
limb or joint pain,
diarrhoea or stomach upset,
sore throat,
runny nose,
sneezing, and
loss of appetite.
Most people who have contracted swine flu recover within a week and do not suffer complications, even without being given antiviral medication.


This is the link to the booklet
http://www.nhs.uk/news/2009/04April/Documents/Swine%20Flu%20Leaflet_Web%20Version.pdf
which every household (presumably in England) is supposed to have had but I suspect most binned it...
#17
Good one Tinks - this should help alot of people even though this information is easily found at least its all in one thread :thumbsup:
#18
Seriously, I haven't yet seen anyone display the figures between Swine Flu death figures and Regular Influenza.

There should be no reason why a healthy person who contracts SF not to recover within a week or two providing they seek medical advice if they appear to be getting worse, its common sense, its what you would do with any illness.

Giving people this overload of information will generally create panic not subside it, just turns people in hypochondriacs.

Sit most in a room with a medical dictionary of symptoms and I guarantee you within the first chapter most will think they are dying!

Those who need to take more precautions are young/children, old and frail and pregnant mothers.


The amusing variable in all these figures is those who have already had it, taken a week of work thinking it was just a shocking cold or normal flu and got over it. WHO don't have these counterbalance figures.

All this media hype and scaremongering is a load of rather tiresome BS now.
[helper]#19
fireheaven
Good one Tinks - this should help alot of people even though this information is easily found at least its all in one thread :thumbsup:


TBH - I don't think they (UK Gov) have done it that well - all the information is there but you have to jump around a bit to find it and some of its quite repetitive.
#20
has anyone actually read what I posted as an NHS employee...........

dur
#21
Alfonse
has anyone actually read what I posted as an NHS employee...........

dur


Yes... do I get a medal? :-D
[helper]#22
Celticsun

Giving people this overload of information will generally create panic not subside it, just turns people in hypochondriacs.

Those who need to take more precautions are young/children, old and frail and pregnant mothers.

All this media hype and scaremongering is a load of rather tiresome BS now.


You know to keep it in perspective which is more than many posters on this site and thats precisely why Tinks has posted this - to avoid the scaremongering and give people accurate information from official sources. (Tinks has already posted several times in other threads some figures comparing seasonal flu and swine flu). Look in this thread for instance
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/442139/nhs-direct-are-a-waste-of-time
#23
gari189
TBH - I don't think they (UK Gov) have done it that well - all the information is there but you have to jump around a bit to find it and some of its quite repetitive.



Most of it is on the NHS website as far as I know but that might just that I have been overwhelmed with info both at work and from school. I made a point as soon as this became a threat to read up on it so I am prepared to spot the symptoms should they arise in my children.

I understand though why people are panicking when they see the frontpage headlines etc etc
#24
gari189
You know to keep it in perspective which is more than many posters on this site and thats precisely why Tinks has posted this - to avoid the scaremongering and give people accurate information from official sources. (Tinks has already posted several times in other threads some figures comparing seasonal flu and swine flu). Look in this thread for instance
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/442139/nhs-direct-are-a-waste-of-time


Agreed, I wasn't knocking what Tinks had added, as its been mentioned GOV info has been disjointed and has taken some looking for some things, what she has posted will be useful to some.
#25
•Chronic (long standing) heart or lung disease


Does that include Asthma?
banned#26
greg_68
I don't think you will be when someone you know dies of it, IMO that won't be long.

It seems to be really picking up pace now.

65,000 deaths in this country by the end of the year they reckon.


Thats an estimate

Normal flu kills 1000 a week in the UK

This has killed 29 in 3 months, nothing compared to normal fu that kills a lot of people each year

just a money making ploy by the media and the drug companies

and you are falling for it
#27
Adam2050
•Chronic (long standing) heart or lung disease


Does that include Asthma?


tinkerbell28
Yes if you have asthma and think you have the flu, contact the gp straight away:thumbsup:


My asthma didn't start to get worse until after I'd started to feel better. I think it was because I was bed-ridden for the first 4/5 days, and only started to to play up once I get up and started moving about (I think it might have been the crap clearing off my chest tbh).

For the next week my asthma really played up (as bad as it used to about 10/15 years ago when I was in my teens) and I even had to go back to have a brown (preventitive) inhaler, and becoming quite dependant on my ventolin (blue) inhaler. It's now calmed down and I haven't had to use either of them since.
#28
Johnrulez
Thats an estimate

Normal flu kills 1000 a week in the UK

This has killed 29 in 3 months, nothing compared to normal fu that kills a lot of people each year

just a money making ploy by the media and the drug companies

and you are falling for it


But regular flu is more common in winter; we don't know what impact swine flu will have in the colder months - you can't make a direct comparison until then.
#29
Thanks for the useful info :)
#30
For anyone pregnant like myself,the following may apply so make sure you make it clear your pregnant and you may well be given Relenza depending on other conditions that you have.There is this and that about on baby community forums that women who are pregnant will be induced if of a reasonable term pregnancy if they get this swine flu but this not the case for anyone who been worried and read anything of the sort.
They not going be inducing women 30wks plus as it makes sense to keep the baby inside and safer without future complications of a premature birth.


Can I take antiviral drugs if I am pregnant?
Yes, on the advice of a doctor. The Department of Health has purchased Relenza, an inhaled antiviral drug that treats flu without reaching the developing fetus. Relenza should not affect your pregnancy or your growing baby.

However, if your doctor or midwifery specialist thinks that a different medicine is needed (for instance, if you have unusually severe flu), you will be given Tamiflu instead.


Can I take flu remedies or painkillers if I am pregnant?
You can take paracetamol-base cold remedies to reduce fever and other symptoms. Paracetamol is safe to take in pregnancy.

However, pregnant women should not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Nurofen).




An expert group reviewed the risk of antiviral treatment in pregnancy, which is extremely small - much smaller than the risk posed by the symptoms of swine flu.
banned#31
midlandscomics
But regular flu is more common in winter; we don't know what impact swine flu will have in the colder months - you can't make a direct comparison until then.


you cant make a comparison when it has only killed 29 people
#32
Why expired? useful info for everyone!
[helper]#33
midlandscomics
But regular flu is more common in winter; we don't know what impact swine flu will have in the colder months - you can't make a direct comparison until then.


The death rate isn't likely to change but the infection rate will increase. For instance there have been 29 deaths out of 55,000 cases. This means 0.05% of those who get swine flu die. If swine flu infects 30% of the UK population (worst case scenario) so thats about 20 million then around 10,000 may die - which is comparable to normal seasonal flu. However if they get the vaccine out quickly enough infection rates will be much lower so even fewer may die. The gov have said its too early to tell and thats why they are quoting worst case scenarios
#34
does any body know what we should do just had a phone call a friend of the kids (who they where hanging around with yesterday) has gone down with swine flu do we need to contact our GP as the kids all suffer with asthma or just leave it to see if any of us go down with it thanks
#35
the kentish maid
does any body know what we should do just had a phone call a friend of the kids (who they where hanging around with yesterday) has gone down with swine flu do we need to contact our GP as the kids all suffer with asthma or just leave it to see if any of us go down with it thanks


I am really sorry if I seem rude here but have you read any of Tinks posts???

Start at the begining of the thread and then see if you can answer your own question.
#36
midlandscomics
My asthma didn't start to get worse until after I'd started to feel better. I think it was because I was bed-ridden for the first 4/5 days, and only started to to play up once I get up and started moving about (I think it might have been the crap clearing off my chest tbh).

For the next week my asthma really played up (as bad as it used to about 10/15 years ago when I was in my teens) and I even had to go back to have a brown (preventitive) inhaler, and becoming quite dependant on my ventolin (blue) inhaler. It's now calmed down and I haven't had to use either of them since.


Was you confirmed ? Only ask because the week the children were off mid-term I could have written the above word for word. A few weeks previous I'd been to the Drs about falling down the stairs and he said to me that I'd not had an inhaler from them in 3 years! By day 5 or 6 I couldn't speak a sentence without pausing to gasp. I was pretty much quarantined as little one was off camping with her Dad and I was just in bed. NHS direct sent a Dr round (from keydoc) and as I couldn't name someone confirmed with swine flu then I wouldn't be tested. He gave me steroids and antibiotics and told me off for not getting in contact sooner.

We have a few confirmed cases now in school, 1 girl is in hospital bless her. Earlier today I stocked up meds for daughter in case she comes down with it (1 boy off with it actually sits next to my daughter in class). Also picked up a digital thermometer whilst there as couldn't find ours. I have been doing her head in though asking her if this/that hurts LOL (she says "I'm FINE, please stop asking!"
[helper]#37
New national pandemic flu service has been lauched
http://www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu

[SIZE="5"][SIZE="5"]For information[/SIZE] tel 0800 1 513 513[/SIZE]

[SIZE="5"]For treatment [/SIZE]
In England:
Stay at home
Click here for your symptoms to be assessed
You can also call one of the numbers below:

Tel: 0800 1 513 100
Minicom: 0800 1 513 200

In Scotland
Stay at home
Contact your GP or NHS 24
NHS 24: 08454 24 24 24

In Wales
Stay at home
Contact your GP
Contact NHS Direct Wales for further advice
NHS Direct Wales:
0845 46 47

In Northern Ireland
Stay at home
Contact your GP if you are concerned
For further advice, contact the Northern Ireland Swine Flu Helpline
Northern Ireland Swine Flu Helpline:
0800 0514 142
(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

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