There are a number of infectious diseases that may lead to localised, national or even international outbreaks if they are not rapidly controlled. Some of these diseases include; Pandemic Influenza, Norovirus, Measles and Tuberculosis. Vaccination programmes reduce the risk of many diseases but there is always a threat that a disease may return or new one develop. As a result it’s important to listen to medical advice and take appropriate action.
You can reduce the risks by:
- Covering your nose and mouth when sneezing
- Dispose of dirty tissues properly
- Maintaining good basic hygiene (washing hands with soap)
- Cleaning surfaces regularly
If you are worried about any illness please contact NHS Direct, your GP or visit the NHS Choices website