The 2019 flu season is Australia’s worst on record. The Influenza virus has claimed the lives of more than 500 people and has infected more than 254, 000 people this year.
In Queensland alone, nearly 900 people have been admitted to hospital because of the virus. With numbers on the rise, it’s important you know how to protect yourself from contracting the flu.
The online doctors at Phone Call Doctor have put together a list of the best ways you can stay flu-free this season.
Get the flu vaccination
The flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from catching the virus. Vaccinations build up your immune system so it can fight any traces of the flu before it takes over your body.
Regularly wash your hands
This might sound simple, but washing your hands regularly is the best way to stop germs from spreading. It’s recommended that on top of always washing your hands before meals and after touching public surfaces like handrails and doors, you should carry around a hand sanitiser and use it as often as you use your phone.
Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
With the flu affecting so many Aussies this season, it’s likely you know someone who’s contracted the virus. Because the flu is so contagious, it’s best to avoid close contact with people who are experiencing flu-like symptoms. If you already feel unwell, make sure you stay at home.
Keep surfaces clean
Germs and bacteria live on all surfaces from your kitchen bench to your keyboard at work. Wiping down things you touch frequently will help keep surfaces free from germs and keep you protected from any wandering flu bacteria.
According to the online doctor consult team at Phone Call Doctor, 30 per cent of their patients have presented with flu-like symptoms. For further tips on how to protect yourself from the flu and how to treat any symptoms, it’s recommended to seek medical advice with your regular GP or book an appointment with a phone call doctor.