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Swine flu

Closure of the National Pandemic Flu Service (NPFS)

The National Pandemic Flu Service is closing on 11 February. This is because the numbers of people with swine flu and needing to take antivirals has now been falling for some time, to a very low level.

While the swine flu recorded information line will continue to be available on
0800 1 513 513, the phone line to access treatment and website will no longer be available.

What happens after the NPFS closes?

From 11 February, people who think they may have swine flu will need to contact their GP.  If the GP considers that they should receive antivirals, they will issue authorisation for the medication to be collected by a ‘Flu Friend’ from an Antiviral Collection Point (ACP).

Anyone phoning the NPFS treatment line will hear a message advising callers who think they may have swine flu to stay at home and contact their GP or NHS Direct, or go to NHS Choices for more information.

The swine flu vaccination will still be available for people in the clinical risk groups and children aged over six months and under five years if they wish to receive it – please speak to your GP.

Further information can also be found by following the links below: 

NHS swine flu Health A-Z

NHS swine flu symptoms

NHS swine flu Q&A

NHS Swine flu news

NHS swine flu – other languages

For cross-government information on swine flu go to Directgov

For business information on swine flu go to Business Link

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