You never forget the flu

You never forget the flu, it can hit quickly and last for weeks, meaning time off work or school and staying away from family and friends.

The flu affects thousands of Victorians each year and can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia.

The flu is highly contagious and can affect anyone. Children, the elderly and people with a chronic condition or weakened immune system are more vulnerable to the flu, and it can have a serious impact on their health.

You can help stop the spread of flu by following these three simple steps:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Stay home if you’re sick

If you have the flu then rest, stay at home and drink plenty of fluids. If your symptoms worsen, make an appointment to see your GP, and call ahead of time so that your GP can make sure there will be no one from an at-risk group present during the appointment.

For some people, taking antiviral medication early on can help reduce the effects of flu and help them recover faster. Speak with your GP about whether you need to take antiviral medication, especially if you’re in an at-risk group.

We encourage everyone to stay well this winter and help stop the spread of flu.

For more information please visit https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/flu?utm_expid=15636494-7.6-xq44PLQuqW1VvRw5eN1Q.0