Transmission of this new virus is thought to occur in the same way as seasonal flu. The infection can be effectively treated with antiviral medication. Most reported cases in the UK have been mild and people have recovered fully after treatment.
Check for the latest information before you travel. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) regularly updates its travel advice to all countries. Visit the FCO website or call 0845 850 2829 for the latest alerts. Although the UK has cases of swine flu, travel to the UK is not restricted.
Health protection advice
General hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the swine flu virus. 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 your face or to other people.
If you are feeling unwell...
If you have flu-like symptoms and are concerned that you may have swine flu:
- If you have access to the internet you can check your symptoms using the NHS Direct symptom checker website.
- If you don't have access to the internet or are still concerned, call the National Pandemic Flu Service on 0800 151 3100. The service uses a simple checklist to diagnose whether you have swine flu.
Certain groups are advised to contact their doctor rather than use the National Pandemic Influenza Service; these are: people with serious underlying health conditions, pregnant women, children under one or children whose condition suddenly gets worse and those whose condition is still getting worse after seven days (five days for a child).