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Influenza or Flu is a contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. It is a seasonal infection that occurs usually from April to September. It is spread by breathing in droplets from coughs and sneezes containing the bacteria. Most common symptoms include sudden appearance of high fever, dry cough, body aches, and fatigue. Symptoms are quick to appear and can last for several weeks.

A flu vaccine is recommended for everyone aged 6 months or older, and can be taken with COVID-19 vaccine on the same day.

Follow these simple steps to stop the spread of flu: Cough or sneeze into your elbow; wash your hands thoroughly and regularly; rest and recover at home.

In an emergency, always call triple zero (000). Consult your GP (doctor), and dial Nurse-On-Call on 1300 60 60 24 for expert information and advice.

The flu is a viral infection so antibiotics won’t help and should not be taken.
For more information, head to the Better Health Channel.