Swine Flu

Bird Flu

Bassetlaw District Council will work with all NHS, Emergency Services and other key organisations in order to effectively manage the response to any pandemic Flu or other significant health related emergency.

The Department of Health provide support to the NHS in preparing Pandemic Flu Guidance that will support the UK’s response to any future pandemic flu incident.

What is Swine Flu?

The swine flu virus was first identified in Mexico in 2009. The pandemic lasted from 2009 until August 2010 when the World Health Organisation declared it to be officially over.

The pandemic was relatively mild and less serious than predicted.

Most patients suffering serious illness or death as a result of swine flu had existing health problems that had already weakened their immune systems.

Who are the Higher Risk Groups?

The groups of people at most risk of experiencing complications as a result of catching swine flu are those with chronic lung, heart, kidney, liver or neurological disease also those with immunosuppression or diabetes mellitus.

Also at increased risk are pregnant women, people over 65 years old and patients who have had drug treatment for asthma in the past 3 years.

See the NHS Website 'H1N1 Flu - Prevention' for a full list of people advised to have the annual flu jab.

How can I help stop the spread of Swine Flu?

The best way to help stop the spread of swine flu is to have good respiratory and hand washing practices for you, your family and workplace colleagues.

Where can I get further Information?

Further information on pandemic flu or swine flu can be obtained from: