For some people, getting the flu means time off school or work, but for others is can lead to hospitalisation and even death. With the number of people suffering from colds, coughs and flu rising rapidly at the moment, it is more important than ever that we help ourselves and each other stop the spread of flu.
You can help stop the spread of flu by staying home if you are feeling unwell, or keeping the kids home if they are sick. You can also follow these three steps:
Germs spread easily. Always carry tissues and use them to catch your cough or sneeze.
Germs can live for several hours on tissues. Dispose of your tissue straight away.
Hands can transfer germs to every surface you touch. Wash your hands thoroughly – especially after you cough, sneeze or blow your nose.
Did you know? The flu can:
- make chronic health conditions worse
- be linked to heart attacks
- make it hard for diabetics to control their sugar levels
- make asthma worse
- lead to pneumonia
- lead to hospitalisation and even death
It isn’t too late to have your flu shot!
Flu shots are free for:
- People over 65
- People with chronic conditions
- Pregnant women
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (aged 6 months to 5 years and those over 15)
Getting your flu shot is easy! Talk to your doctor or pharmacist today.
- See your doctor: access a free or low cost vaccine through your doctor. If you qualify for a free vaccine, ask your doctor if you also need a pneumococcal vaccine.
- Visit your pharmacy: access a low cost vaccine through some pharmacies.
Infographic courtesy of Healthdirect Australia.