The costs of responding to the swine flu outbreak cannot be fully evaluated, or accurately predicted, at this time.
At the outset of the outbreak, World Health Organisation (WHO) officials were referring to the new virus strain as “swine flu”. On 30 April 2009 the WHO decided to refer to the new influenza virus as “influenza A (H1N1)”. Following this WHO decision, HM Government considered the question of the naming of swine flu, and decided to continue to use the term “swine flu” in order not to confuse the public in our communications.
We have also produced a leaflet entitled Important information about swine flu. This contains important information about this flu outbreak and started going out to all United Kingdom households on 5 May. We expect everyone to receive their leaflet by 19 May.