Simple steps can help keep you and your family healthier this winter. Please see the influenza fact sheet on how you can manage flu this winter.

Talk to your doctor early if you are worried about someone's illness.

Key things to remember

  • Cover your face when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in a rubbish bin. Cough into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Wash hands for at least 10 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose, or use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Stay at home until you're well. Wait at least 24 hours after your fever resolves so you that you are unlikely to infect other people. Keep sick children away from school and other activities.
  • Cover your face when you cough or sneeze and throw used tissues in a rubbish bin. Cough into your elbow if you don’t have a tissue.
  • Call ahead to see a doctor. If you think you or someone you are caring for may need to see a doctor, call first so the clinic can take precautions to reduce the risk to other people.

Also remember that if you get sick with flu symptoms you should avoid visiting people who are more likely to get really sick if they get the flu. This includes pregnant women and infants, as well as older people and people in hospital.

Information for pregnant women

Pregnant women are at higher risk of severe influenza infections. To see further information on influenza and pregnancy.

What if my child is sick? 

Every year children die from flu, so watch kids carefully. See Influenza - If your child is sick for advice on what to do if your child gets sick.

Get involved 

Join FluTracking to help track flu near you and across Australia in collaboration with over 20,000 other FluTrackers. It only takes 10 seconds per week and you receive a weekly report and map of flu activity.

FluTracking is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and operated by the University of Newcastle.

Page Updated: Wednesday 11 May 2016