Flu symptoms are worse than a common cold1-3
Flu symptoms are usually more intense than a cold and include a runny nose or sneezing, cough or sore throat, fever and chills, headache, body aches, vomiting and diarrhoea (which is more common in children).3
Most flu symptoms last up to a week but coughing can continue for up to two weeks or more4
Flu can be very serious5
While most people have fairly mild flu symptoms, for some people, flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes even death.1,5 It can cause bronchitis, croup, pneumonia, ear infections, heart and other organ damage, brain inflammation and brain damage.1
163,000 cases of flu were detected in Australia each year between 2015 and 2020.6
1,500,000 workdays are estimated to be lost each year to flu and its associated complications.7
Who is at most risk?1,8
Some people are at greater risk of flu and its complications, including children aged 6 months to under 5 years and adults over 65 years of age.1,9
People with a comorbidity may have up to 2.5x increased risk of death from flu8
Flu is not the same as a common cold – flu symptoms tend to be more intense.
It is very difficult to distinguish between the symptoms of COVID-19, influenza and a cold. If you have any infectious or respiratory symptoms self-isolate yourself, follow your state or territory guidelines about COVID-19 testing and contact your healthcare professional for further advice.