Spread the facts, not the flu

Queenslanders are reminded to help prevent the spread of flu by getting vaccinated, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes and practising good hand hygiene.

Influenza or ‘flu’ is a viral illness that mainly affects the upper airways and lungs. It is not the same as a common cold and can lead to serious complications. In southern and central Queensland, most cases occur in winter, whereas in the tropics flu can occur all year round.

The flu is spread easily, mainly through sneezing and coughing. A person can spread the flu to others one or two days before they become unwell, and can be infectious for up to a week.

Getting vaccinated each year is the best protection against the flu.

Find out more about the flu.