State-wide campaign promoting good hygiene practice and vaccination to help prevent the spread of flu.
Influenza or ‘flu’ is a viral illness that mainly affects the upper airways and lungs. It is not the same as a common cold and can lead to serious complications.
In southern and central Queensland, most cases occur in the winter months whereas in the tropics flu can occur all year round.
The flu is spread easily, mainly through sneezing and coughing. A person can spread the flu to others 1–2 days before they become unwell and can be infectious for up to a week. Research shows only 6 in 10 Queenslanders are aware that flu is preventable.
Getting vaccinated each year is the best protection against the flu.
Queensland Health's Spread the facts not the flu campaign aims to encourage Queenslanders to adopt recommended hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the flu, specifically:
- using a tissue when you cough or sneeze
- staying at home if you have flu-like symptoms
- disposing of tissues in the bin and washing your hands immediately after use
- washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 15 seconds.
However the best way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get vaccinated.
For more information visit www.qld.gov.au/flu.
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