Should I be concerned about the flu?
Influenza (flu) is a contagious viral infection that is spread through the air when someone coughs, sneezes or talks. You can also catch the flu from touching a contaminated surface with the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, eyes or nose. Symptoms include fever, a cough, sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, runny nose and watery eyes. The flu can be a serious disease, leading to complications and sometimes hospitalisation.
Influenza viruses change every year which means that even if you had the flu or an immunisation one year, your body’s immune system might be unable to fight the changed version of the virus that will be circulating the following year.
Should I get a flu shot?
The percentage of the Australian population who get the flu varies from year to year. The flu is more common in the colder months, particularly winter and spring in Australia. Answer a few questions below to find out if you or those around you are at risk of complications from the flu, and if you should get a flu vaccination.