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Information for electors voting in the General Election 2024.

A UK parliamentary election has been called for 4 July 2024. Deadlines for registering to vote, and applying for a postal vote, have now passed. To apply to vote by proxy, you have until 5pm on 26 June 2024: GOV.UK: Apply to vote by proxy (opens new window)

Overseas electors may consider applying to vote by proxy. For more information see the General Election 2024 page.

Infectious diseases

Infectious diseases are infections (opens new window) that can be passed from one person to another. Infections can also be passed on to humans from birds, insects and animals. Malaria (opens new window) is an example of this, as is E. coli (opens new window).

How infections diseases are caught

Infectious diseases are caught in a number of ways, depending on the type of bug it is and how they survive in the environment. For example:

How to avoid infections

There are some simple measures that you can take to reduce the risk of getting an infection:

  • make sure you and your family are up to date with your jabs/vaccinations (opens new window) and if travelling abroad get advice well in advance from your GP regarding any tablets or injections that may be needed for protection
  • always wash and dry your hands (opens new window) thoroughly
  • catch it, Bin it, Kill it - stop the spread of flu and cold germs by using a tissue
  • follow simple food safety guidance (opens new window)
  • if you are caring for someone who has diarrhoea, use disposable gloves and apron if possible and wash your hands thoroughly after removing them. Ensure the toilet is cleaned and disinfected with bleach after each use
  • if you develop diarrhoea and vomiting and it is likely to be norovirus (opens new window), you need to stay off work/ school for 48 hours after the last symptom. This depends on what the cause of the diarrhoea is. If you are in any doubt, contact your GP by phone rather than visit the GP as you may pass the disease on to others
  • if you have diarrhoea, vomiting, a cold or flu or feel unwell- do not visit relatives who are in hospital or care homes, as this will help to prevent the spread in this settings


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