Flu can affect anyone

How will you protect yourself in 2021?

Anyone can catch the flu

It doesn’t matter how fit and healthy you are, or your age – you’re still at risk of catching flu.

The influenza virus doesn’t discriminate. It can hit unexpectedly, and influenza can be serious – sometimes causing complications or occasionally even causing death.

Certain groups are more at risk of flu and its complications, including older people.

People with a comorbidity may have up to 2.5x increased risk of death from flu.1

Flu is highly contagious

Flu infection happens when you breathe in droplets from sneezes and coughs of an infected person, or touch a contaminated surface then touch your mouth, eyes or nose.

A sneeze can travel

1-2

metres

A single sneeze droplet may contain

200,000,0002

individual flu virus particles

The flu virus can survive in the environment up to 8 hours or more!

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Up to 5 MINS

on hands after transfer from other surfaces

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Up to 1 hour

in the air in enclosed environments

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8+ hours

hard surfaces such as stainless steel and plastic

Flu can spread before any symptoms show

You can pass it on to family or workmates before you know you’re sick. You can be infectious to others for over a week: 1 day before symptoms develop, and up to 5-7 days after getting symptoms.

You can spread flu from:

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BEFORE symptoms develop

and

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AFTER getting symptoms

What are you doing to protect yourself?

Talk to your health professional about flu prevention and vaccine choices to match your needs

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