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Spring in Queensland

Tuesday 5 September 2017

A long suburban street with a car driving at the end, lined with jacaranda trees in flower.
Spring means warmer weather and lovely flowers, follow our tips to make sure it doesn't also include sunburn and flu!

It’s that time of year again – we’ve survived the (very mild) winter and spring has come to Queensland. So what does this season have in store for us health-wise?

Influenza is still here

Hopefully you haven’t been struck down by the flu this winter. Unfortunately, the germs won’t disappear now that warmer weather is here, so keep following our flu prevention tips to stay healthy and prevent the spread (and that counts for colds and stomach bugs, too!)

Fight the flu by:

  • staying home when sick
  • covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a clean tissue - remember to then throw the used tissue in the bin
  • washing your hands properly after sneezing or coughing, before handling food or eating, and after using the toilet
  • calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visiting your GP instead of going to an ED if it’s not an emergency
  • and if you haven’t yet, getting an influenza vaccination - it’s not too late to vaccinate!

A small boy stands in a field of bright flowers and sneezes.

Hay fever

For many Queenslanders, hay fever can peak during spring, making for a miserable few months.

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, is an allergy that affects the nose. People who experience hay fever might have:

  • a runny or stuffy nose
  • itchy eyes, ears, throat and nose
  • red and watering eyes
  • and headaches.

Untreated or severe hay fever symptoms can lead to further illnesses like sinusitis or sinus infections. People with hay fever are also at more risk of being affected by thunderstorm asthma.

You can help prevent hay fever symptoms by taking different preventative medications and by being aware of your environment. Don’t suffer in silence; talk to your GP about how to manage your allergies.

Stay out of the sun

We’ve said it once, we’ll say it again (and again, and again) – ultraviolet radiation from the sun can damage your skin all year round in Queensland. To avoid skin damage and prevent skin cancer, follow the steps below on days both sunny and cloudy.

  1. Slip on a shirt – wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible
  2. Slop on broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen
  3. Slap on a broad-brimmed hat
  4. Seek shade
  5. Slide on some sunglasses.

Thinking about prepping a summer tan? If it doesn’t come out of a bottle (and you don’t use sunscreen over the top PDF 67KB) it’s not a safe tan. Ask yourself, is your tan worth dying for?

Two surfers run down the beach on a sunny day, carrying their surfboards

Safe spring cleaning

A thorough spring clean always feels good, but be careful of poison risks while you spruce everything up.

Keep children and pets away from poisonous cleaning and gardening products, and put all products away in a high, locked cupboard when you’re finished using or moving them. Be careful when lifting objects, especially outside, that might have made a cosy place for spiders, insects or snakes to hide.

The comeback of the dangerous creatures

Many of Queensland’s famed dangerous creatures go into hibernation over winter, coming back out to enjoy the warmer temperatures of spring. Stay safe by brushing up on first aid and being aware of your surroundings, whether you’re in the bush, at the beach or at a backyard barbeque.

Last updated: 5 September 2017