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British Red Cross responds to Lord’s flu report

28 July 2009
For further information please contact
Mark South
Contact number tel: 0044 (0)207 877 7042 / email: MSouth@redcross.org.uk / out of hours 07659 145 095

“We welcome today’s Lord’s report in recognising and commending the steps taken in preparing for the pandemic.

“We would also support the report’s recommendations aimed at ensuring high risk groups receive the appropriate help and advice – something the Red Cross is already helping deliver through the ‘flu friends’ service for the most vulnerable.

“The Red Cross and voluntary sector as a whole has a significant role to play in supporting the statutory services and building resilience.

 “As the report stresses, preparation for the threat of swine flu is key, but this is not just down to the government; there are also steps organisations, communities and individuals can take to prepare and protect themselves.

“Good hand and respiratory hygiene is key in preventing the spread of the disease, and people can also establish their own networks of ‘flu friends’ – friends or family who could collect antivirals on their behalf.

“We would always encourage people to look out for their neighbours, friends and family.

“Almost anyone can be a flu friend and help those with the virus access the medicine and support they need.”
 
Vanessa Spiller, head of UK emergency response, British Red Cross

Anyone who thinks they may have swine flu should call the National Pandemic Service on 0800 1 513 100 or 0800 1 513 200 (Textphone) or visit www.pandemicflu.direct.gov.uk

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Editors Notes

Anyone who thinks they may have swine flu should call the National Pandemic Service on 0800 1 513 100 or 0800 1 513 200 (Textphone) or visit www.pandemicflu.direct.gov.uk

Red Cross volunteers can be requested by local health authorities to act as flu friends to the most vulnerable, helping ensure those unable to call on friends or family receive the help they need.

Members of the public should not call the British Red Cross directly to request flu friend help but may be referred to us by their local PCT after contacting the National Pandemic Service.

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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