It is estimated that each year about 13,500 people are admitted to hospital because of influenza and more than 3,000 Australians aged over 50 die due to complications related to the flu.
These alarming statistics highlight the importance of every one of us doing our bit to protect ourselves and those around us from the flu.
The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. Good health habits, like covering your mouth when you cough and regularly washing your hands, can also help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.
Here are a few other useful tips:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- Equally, there are things you can do at work to reduce the spread of the flu, including:
- Routinely clean frequently touched objects and surfaces, including doorknobs, keyboards, and phones. This helps remove germs.
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and water or use hand santisers.
- If you start feeling sick, please for the good of our clients/residents and your coworkers, see your doctor and don’t come into work – rest up and get well.
If you haven’t been vaccinated but would still like to be, you can download a voucher at one of the following chemists –