Influenza, or ‘flu’ is a highly contagious viral infection that can lead to serious illness or even death. Anyone can get flu, but some groups are more vulnerable than others.
The interim Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies said:
“I strongly recommend that pregnant women, and people who are in at risk groups, including children, contact their GP or practice nurse now, to ensure they are given their seasonal flu vaccination.”
Noroviruses are part of a group of viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis (upset stomach) in the UK. Noroviruses are sometimes known as ’small round structured viruses’ (SRSV) or ‘Norwalk-like viruses’. Noroviruses are also called the ‘winter vomiting disease’ because people usually get them during the winter months.
Norovirus isn’t a hospital bug but it is very infectious and spreads easily in a hospital environment once someone brings it in.
Symptoms of Norovirus are diarrhoea and/or vomiting.
Visitors will be informed when there is suspected Norovirus on ward areas, visitors will be encouraged to perform hand hygiene before and after visiting.
It is not advisable for children to visit when there are suspected cases in an area.
Visitors should be asked not to visit if they feel ill themselves.