It’s important to prepare for the peak flu season with cooler weather just around the corner. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, it is particularly important to stay healthy and start preparing for the cooler months.
The 13 DOCTOR experts have some tips to help you prepare.
Get your flu vaccination
The most effective way to protect yourself and your family from the flu is with the flu vaccination. Most GPs and healthcare services will have access to the latest flu vaccination from April.
The flu vaccine It is especially important for vulnerable groups including those aged over 65, pregnant women, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, those who suffer from chronic conditions and children under the age of five. It is free for these groups.
Stock up on pharmacy items
Make sure you prepare for the flu season by stocking up on pharmacy items including:
- Nasal sprays
- Cold and flu tablets
Keep a routine
Maintain a routine that keeps your body healthy. Regular exercise is important along with a balanced diet. It is also important to have quality sleep, because if your body is run down your immune system will be weaker. You should also practise proper hand washing as part of your routine. Start with warm water and anti-bacterial soap and lather for 20 seconds.
Stop the spread of germs
The most effective way to prevent colds and flu is through practising basic hygiene. Germs can stay on surfaces for several days, so it’s important to regularly clean household surfaces. If you are sick, do as much as you can to limit your interaction with others.
Speak with a doctor
If you fall ill, have your GP’s contact details readily available. If you are unable to visit your GP or would prefer to speak to a doctor from your own home, 13 DOCTOR can see and speak to you over the phone or via a video consultation using your phone or computer.