According to the Daily Mail the swine flu hotline gets twice as many calls on a Monday than any other day. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so there is no reason why people should wait until after the weekend to use it. It also emerged that fewer than 10 per cent of those prescribed Tamiflu actually have swine flu, according to estimates based on tests on a sample by the Health Protection Agency.

The number of Monday calls has been at least double the Sunday figure every week since the service was launched. The term 'swine flu sickie' is now becoming a real concern for employers as it is causing staffing issues across the country.