A lot of us are going to get swine flu over the next few months, so it makes sense to be prepared. But what do you need if you get swine flu? Here's our list of essentials for you and family
If you’ve got a headache and temperature, which are both symptoms of swine flu, then the best thing to take is paracetamol.
How much does it cost? As little as 50p for a pack of 16 tablets from some supermarkets
You’d be surprised how many of us don’t have any way of checking for a high temperature – especially in our kids.
One of the most effective ways of stopping swine flu spreading is to wash your hands regularly.
Even if someone gets swine flu in your house, it doesn’t automatically mean you’ll get it as well. Use a hand-pump soap to reduce infection even further.
How much does it cost? Less than £2.50 from Boots
It’s really important to stop infections spreading in places where lots of you spend time. Make sure you have an anti-bacterial cleaner to hand to keep the place clean.
How much? Less than £3 from Boots
A flu friend
This is definitely something you can organise now – make sure you talk to someone who lives close by and agree to be flu friends for each other.
You’ll simply need to be able to collect any medication for them and maybe get a bit of shopping, if need be.
How much? Completely free, unless you have to bribe someone!
Supply of food
You might have to rely on your flu friend to bring you fresh stuff, but making sure your store cupboards and freezer are well-stocked with your regulars will keep the hassle down to a minimum.
Think pasta, tins, oils and frozen veg.
How much? As long as you keep up your weekly shop, you shouldn’t notice the cost.
Keeping yourself hydrated when you’ve got a temperature is really important – if you’re really ill then having bottles of still water can make a difference.
How much? Some supermarkets sell 2 litre bottles for as little as 25p.