Be prepared - now is the time to choose your ‘Flu Friends’ Swine flu may become a pandemic in the UK over the coming months, so now is the time to choose your ‘Flu Friends’. Relatives, neighbours and friends can all be ‘Flu Friends’ who will collect medicines, food and other supplies if you get swine flu so that you do not have to leave home. Preventing people with the virus from going outdoors will help restrict the potential spread of flu. It is a good idea for each person to identify up to five ‘Flu Friends’ because an ill or unavailable ‘Flu Friend’ cannot help you, but having at least one is very important. In addition, you could consider becoming a ‘Flu Friend’ to a neighbour who may live alone, family members that might need help, or offer yourself as a ‘Flu Friend’ through networks that may be set up by local organisations, such as churches or parish councils.
A useful fact sheet to be prepared should the need arise.