When it comes to flu, people are constantly talking about it.
In recent years, the public has been asked to be extra vigilant about taking the right precautions.
It’s the reason why the government has made public a number of guidelines for how to avoid the flu.
Here are some tips to help you stay healthy.
What are the signs of the flu?
A fever, cough and wheezing are the main signs of flu.
Flu symptoms are usually mild, but include fatigue, runny nose and sore throat.
Symptoms can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the strain.
You can get sick from a variety of things, including breathing, swallowing and eating.
Common symptoms include: Fever: It can feel like you’re running a fever and you might feel unwell.
Cough: You may cough up a lot of air.
Wheezing: You might have a high-pitched cough that may have a slight throat or nasal-related tone.
Tiredness: You could feel tired, like you can’t sleep or you can barely concentrate.
Dry cough: It’s a very dry, foul-smelling cough.
Flu symptoms can also be severe, with serious complications.
If you have any of the symptoms of flu, you should stay home and avoid contact with anyone for at least 24 hours.
Your GP can prescribe a medicine called antiviral medicine for you, or you may be able to get it from a pharmacist.
You can also get a flu vaccine from a doctor.
You should never be without your vaccine, and if you or someone you know has symptoms of the virus, stay home for 24 hours or contact your GP immediately.
Be careful about sharing your medication, especially if you’re sharing it with a family member.
If you’re not sure if you’ve got the flu, ask your GP for a test.
Do you have a flu shot?
If you or anyone you know have symptoms of influenza, contact your doctor immediately.
The flu shot is the best way to prevent the flu and you can get it at any pharmacy in Australia.
The vaccine has been tested by the Australian Vaccine Advisory Committee, which is made up of experts in vaccine research, public health and medicine.
Most doctors recommend you get the shot as soon as possible, but if you can find a doctor who can give it for free, it’s best to get vaccinated.
The Australian Vaccination Network has a list of pharmacies and health authorities that provide flu shots.
They can be found on their website.
Who should I call if I have symptoms?
Your GP or pharmacist can help you get more information about influenza.
Call your GP or a doctor if you think you or a friend may have any symptoms.
If someone in your family is sick, you can call their doctor or pharmaison and get them to see you.
If the flu is getting worse, call your GP and let them know you’ve had symptoms.
If you have symptoms, your GP may ask you to come in for a visit.