What Should I do if I get the flu?

To help you recover from influenza more quickly, it’s important to get plenty of rest and plenty of fluids.

If you have flu-like symptoms

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser gel
  • Always cough into a tissue
  • Dispose of tissues quickly
  • Keep surfaces such as door handles, kitchen bench tops, phones, and keyboards clean (use soap and water or disinfectant wipes)
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Make sure you have plenty of rest
  • If you have a fever, take paracetamol
  • Stay at home – don’t go to work or school
  • Avoid visiting aged care facilities and hospitals, so that you don’t pass the infection to others who may be at risk of complications

Over recent years, new antiviral medications have been developed to treat influenza. If taken early enough during the infection, these medications reduce the length of time that symptoms last and can help you return to your daily routine earlier.

If you are concerned about your symptoms or are not getting better

  • See your doctorCall
  • 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)

Queensland Health, Flu Facts at 19/2/2013<http://www.health.qld.gov.au/flu/facts/what_to_do.asp>