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Flu or influenza is a highly contagious virus that is spread by coughing or sneezing. It is very common during the winter months.
Flu symptoms differ from those of the common cold. Common cold symptoms persist for only a short period of time (1-2 days) and include a mild fever and runny nose. Flu symptoms may include:
You should seek a medical appointment if you are unwell.
Prevent the spread
Simple hygiene measures can assist in preventing the spread of flu and other viruses, including:
Take care of yourself
If you have the flu, remember to rest and drink plenty of fluids. If required you can take over the counter pain relief medication to relieve headache symptoms and reduce fever. If you continue to feel unwell consult your doctor for advice and management. Flu is more severe and can be serious for those people at risk. Your best protection against the flu is vaccination. Deakin Medical Centre offers Flu vaccinations during the peak flu season.