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Swine flu does not affect Brits’ travel arrangements

British holidaymakers who have booked flights to Europe this summer are refusing to let the swine flu outbreak affect their plans

British holidaymakers who have booked flights to Europe this summer are refusing to let the swine flu outbreak affect their plans, a survey by HolidayExtras.com has revealed.

Research from the company showed that 41 percent of people are only mildly concerned by the threats posed by the H1N1 virus because they are just as likely to catch it by staying at home.

Over a third (36 percent) of respondents said they plan to take sensible precautions such as frequently washing their hands, while a further 22 percent are completely undeterred by the pandemic.

HolidayExtras.com health expert Dr Laurence Gerlis said that people recovering from swine flu should wait for between five and seven days before flying abroad.

"The vast majority of people recover fully from swine flu but you may need to get medical advice locally if you become unwell while away," he commented.

"Paracetamol and lots of fluids (no alcohol) are usually the answer."

A separate poll by the website earlier this month revealed that crying babies and misbehaving children are the top complaints among flight passengers.

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