Understanding Influenza: A Guide for Prevention and Treatment

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness that affects millions of people worldwide every year.  At the time of writing, there have already been 23 thousand flu cases reported in Queensland alone.

To protect yourself and your loved ones, it is crucial to understand how to prevent and manage the flu effectively. This blog post provides essential information on flu prevention, treatment, and the importance of vaccination.


How to Avoid Getting the Flu


Getting an annual flu vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza. Vaccines are designed to protect against specific strains of the virus and can significantly reduce the risk of infection. Southport Doctors offers comprehensive immunisation and vaccination services, including flu shots. Book a flu vaccination consultation by calling 07 5531 3205. 

Practicing Good Hygiene:

Proper hand hygiene is essential in preventing the spread of the flu virus. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in public spaces or touching commonly shared surfaces. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitisers.

Respiratory Etiquette:

When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow to prevent respiratory droplets from spreading. Dispose of used tissues promptly and wash your hands afterward. If possible, maintain a safe distance from individuals showing flu-like symptoms.

Avoiding Close Contact:

Flu viruses can be transmitted through close contact with infected individuals. If someone in your household or workplace has the flu, try to minimise direct contact, and encourage them to practice good respiratory hygiene to prevent the spread of the virus.


What to Do If You Get the Flu

Rest and Hydration:

If you develop flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, or body aches, it is essential to rest and take care of your body. Get plenty of sleep and drink fluids like water, herbal tea, and clear broths to stay hydrated.

Over-the-Counter Medications:

Over-the-counter medications can help alleviate flu symptoms. Pain relievers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help reduce fever and relieve body aches. Cough suppressants and decongestants may also provide temporary relief.


Seek Medical Advice:

If your symptoms worsen or you belong to high-risk groups (such as young children, the elderly, pregnant women, or individuals with underlying health conditions), it is important to seek medical advice promptly. Your healthcare provider can provide appropriate guidance, prescribe antiviral medications if necessary, and monitor your condition closely.



Influenza can cause severe illness and impact daily life. By following preventive measures such as vaccination, practicing good hygiene, and avoiding close contact with infected individuals, you can significantly reduce the risk of contracting and spreading the flu. Remember, Southport Doctors offers flu vaccination services to help protect you and your family. Book your flu vaccination consultation today by calling 07 5531 3205.



Sources: Qld Health

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