Flu Season Reminder 2021

As you are aware every year Queensland experiences an influenza or flu season. As we enter this season it is timely to remind parents and care-givers not to be complacent about flu. Queensland Health advises that where possible, people need to be vaccinated for the flu every year.

 

Flu is a virus more serious than the common cold and can be spread through talking, coughing and sneezing. Symptoms include sudden fever, dry cough, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, headache, sore throat and a stuffy or runny nose.

If your child has flu-like symptoms, the following is advised:

  • Keep your child home from school
  • Ensure your child washes their hands regularly with soap and water or sanitiser gel
  • Encourage your children when coughing or sneezing, to cover their mouth and nose with disposable tissues which should be disposed of immediately
  • Ensure they drink plenty of fluids and get lots of rest
  • Consult your doctor if you are concerned about their symptoms

Queensland Health Guidelines advise that individuals displaying flu like symptoms should stay at home until such symptoms have passed (normally 5-7 days).

 Families should also reinforce the recommended protective actions listed above.

 Increased awareness and ongoing attention to prevention and control measures, such as vaccination and good hygiene, are steps that we can all promote to reduce the impact of influenza.