Achoo…. flu season is approaching.
Influenza is not the same as a common cold and can lead to serious complications.
Signs and Symptoms: usually appear 1 to 3 days after becoming infected. • fever • sore throat• dry cough • headache • muscle and joint pain• tiredness or extreme exhaustion
Children are more likely to have gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea).
If you are concerned see your doctor or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Transmission: Flu can spread from person to person by: • droplets spreading from an infected person when they cough, sneeze or talk • touching surfaces contaminated by infected droplets (including hands, remote controls, phones, keyboards and door handles) and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
People with flu can be infectious to others from 24 hours before symptoms start until a week after the start of symptoms. The flu is spread easily, mainly through sneezing and coughing.
Vaccination is recommended for anyone aged 6 months and older who wishes to protect themselves from influenza and its complications.Where to get vaccinated:• Your doctor or local immunisation provider • Community pharmacies may offer a flu vaccination service for adults • Some local councils may run immunisation clinics
Andrea Sticklen, Runcorn State High, Monday, Tuesday and second Wednesdays.