With cases of seasonal flu likely to increase in Burton-upon-Trent and Uttoxeter soon, people are being reminded that the best way to slow the spread is Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.

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Burton-based GP, Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “If flu germs were visible you would see how quickly they spread. The tried-and-tested formula really is the simplest and easiest method of cutting down the spread and protecting yourself, your family and friends.

“Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.

Bin the tissue, and to kill the germs, wash your hands with soap and water, or use a sanitiser gel.

“If you don’t follow this then you could be spreading germs from your hands every time you touch something.”

And people who are in vulnerable groups who have not yet been protected are being urged to get a winter flu jab – it’s not too late if you:

  •     are pregnant
  •     65 or older
  •     have a serious medical condition
  •     are a healthcare worker or carer
  •     live in a residential or nursing home

Dr Pidsley said: “If you are otherwise fit and healthy and you have flu-like symptoms, there is usually no need to see a doctor and the best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

“If you are in one of the vulnerable groups the illness could be more serious for you and you should visit your GP.”

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