Swineflue Advice Carer

What to do If you are a carer

If you are caring for someone with Swineflue, you should

The following information is taken directly from the Flu-Gov website, helping them to spread the message.

Avoid being face-to-face with the sick person. When holding a small child who is sick, place his/her chin on your shoulder so that he/she will not cough in your face.

Make sure everyone in the household cleans their hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.

Remind the patient to cover coughs, and clean his/her hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub often, especially after coughing and/or sneezing.

Speak with the person’s health care provider about any special care that might be needed, especially if the person is pregnant or has a health condition such as diabetes, heart disease, asthma, or emphysema.

Talk to your health care provider about taking antiviral medication, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or zanamivir (Relenza®), to prevent getting the flu. For further information see link below

Ask the patient’s health care provider whether the patient should take antiviral medications

Consider wearing a facemask or respirator when close contact is unavoidable. For further information on facemasks follow link below:

Monitor yourself and household members for flu symptoms and contact a telephone hotline or health care provider if symptoms occur.

Get medical care right away, Swineflue Advice Carer, if the patient exhibits emergency warning signs. For further information on emergency warning signs follow the link below

FLU.GOV Information on Anti-Viral Medication

FLU.GOV Information on Facemasks and Respirators

FLU.GOV Information on Emergency Warning Signs

What to do to Avoid Infection

What to do if you get Infected

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