Over 800,000 leaflets giving the public information about swine flu will begin dropping through letterboxes across Northern Ireland today.
The leaflets are part of a UK- wide public awareness campaign which includes television, radio and print advertising.
Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said: “It is important to keep this leaflet safe because it contains essential information for you and your family about swine flu.
“So far we have had no confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, but that doesn't mean we should become complacent. The lack of information and uncertainly about the current situation in Mexico makes it difficult to establish exactly what the impact of this virus will be.
“The leaflet tells you what swine flu is and how it could spread; it provides information about how the government has prepared for a wider outbreak of flu; it tells you what you can do to protect yourself and others against flu.”
Mr McGimpsey has made moves to assure the public that the Government is taking the current threat of a swine flu pandemic “very seriously”.
The minister’s comments come after it emerged there are plans to have enough of a new vaccine — hoped to be developed by the autumn — available for every person in Northern Ireland if an outbreak hits.
Latest information from the Department of Health reveals the virus has not spread here with no confirmed cases in the province.