Manchester Is Ready For Swine Flu

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NHS Manchester, like all NHS organisations, has pandemic flu plans in place which have been regularly updated over recent years.

While there have been no cases of swine flu in Manchester to date, NHS Manchester is monitoring the situation closely and has issued some basic advice to the public. Anyone who is worried they may have flu like symptoms after visiting a country affected by swine flu should contact their GP by phone or call NHS Direct.

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Dr Sally Bradley, Director of Public Health at NHS Manchester, said: “NHS Manchester is working closely with colleagues from partner organisations and we are ready to implement any action that may be necessary if a pandemic is declared.”

She added: "Alongside local and national NHS colleagues, we are monitoring the situation closely. If people are concerned because they have been to an affected country like Mexico or they are developing flu like symptoms, don't go to your GP, phone them or contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647.”

Dr Bradley continued: “To date, there have been no confirmed cases of Swine Flu in the North West, but the people of Manchester will be key in helping to combat the spread of germs if it does. There are some really simple steps that everyone can take to help prevent catching any type of cold or flu based on good hygiene. Always use a tissue to catch your sneezes and coughs, throw away used tissues where germs can linger and regularly wash your hands.”

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