4 ways to protect your family against influenza

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Australia is the midst of flu season, and if COVID19 has taught us anything, it’s that there is a lot we can do to prevent spreading viruses in our communities. While we are spending more time in close proximity to our family members and flatmates, it’s important to know how to protect them coming into the peak of the flu season.

Our home doctor experts at House Call Doctor have four ways you can protect your family against influenza.

  1. Get your flu shot

The influenza vaccination is the most effective way to prevent catching the flu. The vaccine is available for children over six months of age, adults and the elderly, and you can visit your GP or participating local pharmacy to get it.

  • Wash your hands

This goes without saying – maintaining good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands, is the best way to stop the spread of germs. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water and carry hand sanitiser with you at all times. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as these locations are where the virus enters your body.

  • Stay home when sick

If you are showing any flu symptoms, the best thing you can do is stay home to avoid spreading it. This is especially important while COVID19 still remains a threat. Symptoms can be contagious before you fall ill and even after you start to feel better.

  • Be vigilant when cleaning

Be extra vigilant when cleaning and disinfecting your home and office space. Remember to clean commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, toys, tables, bathroom, bench tops, fridge and freezer handles and also technological devices. This is particularly important as the flu virus can live on hard surfaces for more than eight hours.