Flu can spread quickly in places such as universities, community activities and social events where large numbers of young people are in close contact with each other.
Protect yourself, your friends, family and the wider community this winter by catching, binning and killing flu germs when you cough or sneeze.
How to reduce the risk of flu this winter
Germs spread easily. Always catch your cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your elbow.
Germs live on tissues for up to 12 hours. Throw away used tissues straight away.
Your hands spread germs to every surface you touch. Clean your hands every time you cough, sneeze or blow your nose.
Did you know?
- You can be infectious one day prior to flu symptoms developing and five to seven days after flu symptoms have developed.
- A sneeze can travel at 160 km per hour and spread up to 1.5 metres away.
- If a person is sick, a single sneeze droplet may contain two hundred million individual virus particles.
- Flu viruses can survive on some hard surfaces for up to two days.
- A flu virus stays on unwashed hands for 30 minutes?