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All About the Flu!

The crisp mornings and cooler evenings of autumn signal a change in the seasons – and a rise in influenza, commonly known as the flu. Here at One Life Medical in Alexandra Hills, we want to ensure you and your family are prepared for flu season. This blog provides key information about the flu, helping you stay healthy and informed.

What is the Flu?

The flu is a highly contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It spreads easily through coughing, sneezing, and close contact with infected individuals. Unlike the common cold, the flu often comes on suddenly and can cause more severe symptoms.

Symptoms of the Flu

  • Fever (may not always be present in young children)
  • Chills and sweats
  • Muscle aches and body pains
  • Headache
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Loss of appetite

Complications of the Flu

While most people recover from the flu within a week or two, some individuals are at higher risk of developing serious complications like pneumonia, bronchitis, and even hospitalisation. These complications are more likely in:

  • Young children (under 5 years old)
  • Pregnant women
  • Adults over 65 years old
  • People with chronic health conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease)
  • People with weakened immune systems

Preventing the Flu

The best way to protect yourself and others from the flu is to get vaccinated each year. The flu vaccine is safe and effective for most people and can significantly reduce the risk of getting the flu and experiencing severe complications.

Here are some additional tips to prevent the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser can also be used if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice good cough etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and adequate sleep.

Treatment for the Flu

There is no cure for the flu, but antiviral medications can be helpful if taken within 48 hours of symptom onset. These medications can shorten the duration and severity of the illness.

When to See Your Doctor

If you experience flu symptoms, it’s best to stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the virus to others. Most people recover from the flu at home with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter medications for symptom relief.

However, you should seek medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Persistent vomiting or inability to keep fluids down
  • Worsening of symptoms
  • Fever or cough that lasts more than a week

Book a Flu Shot at One Life Medical

Here at One Life Medical in Alexandra Hills, we are committed to providing comprehensive healthcare services for you and your family. We recommend getting your annual flu vaccination at our clinic to stay protected this season. Our friendly staff are also available to answer any questions you may have about the flu or other health concerns.

To book an appointment at One Life Medical, please call 07 3824 8144. Alternatively, you can book online or download the app for iPhone or Android devices and make bookings directly from your phone. Let’s work together to keep you and your family healthy this flu season!

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