How to protect yourself from the flu virus
The flu presents a health risk every year, particularly in the winter months. However, in 2020 with the spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 which exhibits flu-like symptoms, avoiding the flu is more serious than ever.
Following are some tips for avoiding the spread of virus:
Wash your hands often and properly
Washing your hands often is important to reducing your risk of catching the flu virus. This includes before eating food, after sneezing or coughing, or if you’ve been taking care of someone else that is sick.
Make sure you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. If running water isn’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Airborne illnesses are spread through contact from the hands to the eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid touching these areas, especially if you haven’t washed your hands in a while or you have been exposed to frequently touched surfaces.
Always cover a cough or sneeze
Use a tissue or your elbow to cover your mouth and nose if you need to cough or sneeze. If possible, avoid close contact with others that are sick.
Get your flu vaccine
At Our Medical Home flu vaccines are now available for patients, including the Fluad Quad1 free government vaccine for those aged 65+. The free government vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years is not yet available.
This is also a good opportunity to check with your GP if there are other infectious diseases that you should be immunised against such as Measles, Tetanus, Whopping Cough, Pneumovax and Shingles.
For more information on the coronavirus and the flu virus, please visit the Department of Health’s website.