There is no cure for flu season, but there are a few things you can do to prevent it.
Here are 10 ways you can be prepared for flu.
Avoid crowded venues The flu season is a crowded one, with more people than ever coming into contact with the virus.
The majority of people get sick from the flu, but some are sick from other viruses as well.
“The flu season starts in September, the influenza season in March,” says Jenny Fitch from the University of New South Wales.
“It’s one of the busiest months for influenza infections.”
Fitch recommends taking the following precautions to prevent flu illness: Get vaccinated against influenza A vaccine is the only way to be protected against influenza B. If you are at risk of catching the flu from another person, you should take a flu shot and stay home.
Don’t eat raw food The flu can spread in a variety of ways, including through raw food.
A number of studies have found that eating raw food increases the risk of getting the flu.
If your family eats raw food, it’s important to keep an eye out for outbreaks, as well as outbreaks in the household.
Avoid contact with people who have had flu There is a low risk of transmission between people who do not have the flu or who are at low risk.
“If you have been in contact with someone who has been infected with influenza, make sure they have tested negative for the flu and take a fever reducer or an anti-coagulant,” says Fitch.
“Don’t be concerned about getting the vaccine for the next person, just make sure you’re not sharing that person’s plate.”
Keep a close eye on family, friends and pets If you have a pet, make certain it has tested positive for the virus and is not exposed to other viruses.
“Keeping your pet’s vaccination kit in the car is one of my most important precautions,” says Pippa Young from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
“I would rather see my dog than a puppy, but if it is important, I would put my dog’s kit in a car.”
Get a personal GP visit to check for symptoms There are two types of tests you can get from a GP, and both will show the presence of flu.
The flu test is usually done by a healthcare professional and costs about $100.
The test for the pneumonia test, on the other hand, is usually more expensive and takes up to a fortnight.
The NHS will also send you a free kit with all your tests if you have them sent by post.
Pregnant women can also get tested for the pandemic if they have influenza symptoms and are in a hospital, so you should contact your GP or nurse if you’re pregnant.
Read the leaflets for the influenza virus Once the pandemics begin, you need to be prepared to take some action.
You can find out more about the flu in the book, “The Flu and the People” by Professor Michael Smith and his team.
This book is a must read if you want to know more about flu, and it is also available online from the Royal Botanic Gardens.
Avoid sharing your home if you are ill You can avoid getting sick if you don’t share your home, as the pandemia is spreading and people are becoming more aware of it.
“This is a very crowded time, so if you can avoid people sharing your house, you are more likely to get the virus,” says Young.
“There are also a lot of people sharing rooms and beds with others, which can be particularly vulnerable.”
If you do want to share a bed or a room, you will need to keep it clean and sanitary and get your belongings out of the room where you have the virus.
You may be able to get flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat and fever, which will be more likely if you haven’t been vaccinated against the flu,” says Dr Stephen Pyle from the Australian National University’s Centre for Health Security Research.
Get some extra exercise A few extra minutes of physical activity every day can help you feel more well and stay healthy, says Fitches.
“Being active is good for your immune system, your brain and your circulation, so it is good to keep up a regular activity,” she says.
Stay safe at home If you’re feeling particularly ill, talk to your GP and nurse.
“Stay away from any potential source of contact where the virus can be spread,” says Paul Molloy from the Victorian Health Department.