Lets all have the ‘jab’ this flu season

FLU Season is well and truly here.

Most tragically, seniors aged 65 and older are being hospitalised more than any other age group, according to the latest data.

It’s more common to catch the flu, or experience flu-like symptoms, in the colder months of the year.

In the tropical areas the pattern can be more variable and may include clusters outside this period.

GP’s are currently offering patients flu vaccinations.

Let’s all have the “jab” and prevent spreading the nasty virus.

While prevention is the best medicine, (think flu vaccination) if you are affected by the flu, the best thing for it is rest and fluids.

Tips to avoiding the flu

1. Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.

If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. 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.

6. Practice other good health habits.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

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