Norovirus is a virus that is a common cause of infectious gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting). Norovirus is sometime known as 'winter vomiting disease' as it is most common during the winter months but infections can occur at any time of year.

Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days. You can normally look after yourself or your child at home.

Try to avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you're concerned or need any advice.

It's not always possible to avoid getting norovirus, but if you do then stay off work or school until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed. You should also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time.

Information about what to do if you have norovirus is available on the NHS Inform website.

Norovirus: lower your risk

Posted: 2 November 2016

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