I do not have swine flu

So, it’s just past four o’clock in the morning. I woke up earlier than expected and could not get back to sleep, so I did the first thing to spring to mind. Check out the UK’s National Pandemic Fluline. For a government website, it is amazingly easy to use.

It comprises an online assessment of presenting symptoms and existing health conditions. Each question is clearly worded. Also, any concerns about hyperchondriacs or overanxioous parents stockpiling on Tamiflu or Rolenza have, in my opinion, seem to have been dealt with – users of the service are asked to provide name, date of birth and address of the patient.

The service is aimed at people who are loooking after those who actually appear to present with flu like symptons. However, I would certainly recommend it as a tool of reassurance for those who just want to eliminate themselves – although based on the design of the site, if you can use the site, you are unlikely to be suffering from swine flu (that is not a diagnosis).

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