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Swine Flu

Volume 710: debated on Monday 18 May 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the projected total cost of their response to the outbreak of swine flu. [HL3441]

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had regarding the naming of swine flu and the dissemination of information about it. [HL3478]

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.