Protecting Yourself And Your Family

Update Your Health Management Plans

If you have a chronic health condition like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease or arthritis, you need to make sure your management plan is up to date.

Talk with your GP to make sure you have an action plan and you know what to do when you are well, when you’re not well, when your symptoms get worse and when you are showing danger signs or need to dial Triple Zero (000). You can also talk with your GP about how colds, flu and COVID-19 can affect your health condition and what you need to make sure you stay healthy. For more information, visit the Protecting the vulnerable page.

It is especially important to make sure you manage your health conditions and have a management during the COVID-19 pandemic. By having an ongoing health condition, you are more at risk of developing complications if you have COVID-19.

To find a health service, visit the healthdirect service finder.

Stay Home If You Are Sick

Protect yourself and those around you. If you have cold or flu symptoms, don’t be a hero – stay home and avoid exposing vulnerable people (like young children and older people) to illness.

If your child has cold or flu symptoms (e.g. coughing, sneezing, fever), they should be kept home from school or childcare.

For more information about the flu, visit the Flu symptoms, treatment and prevention page. For more information about COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.

Wash, Wipe, Cover

Did you know hands spread 80% of common infectious diseases?

The influenza (flu) virus, COVID-19 and other potentially harmful airborne illnesses that flourish in winter remain present on hard surfaces for 24 to 48 hours and tissues for only 15 minutes.

You can reduce the risk of getting sick or passing infections on to others by following these simple rules:

  • WASH your hands regularly
  • WIPE down frequently touched surfaces
  • COVER your coughs and sneezes

For more information visit the Wash, Wipe, Cover page.

Be Aware Of The Infection Radius — Practice Physical Distancing

Keep at least 1.5 metres between you and other people. For more information on physical distancing, see the What Is Social / Physical Distancing? page.

The infectious period for flu time during which an infected person can infect others) is usually from 1 day before symptoms appear until 7 days after symptoms appear. After 5 days, the level of infectiousness is probably very low, however some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for a longer time.

To find out more information, visit the Stop The Flu Before It Stops You page

Get Vaccinated Against The Flu

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a highly infectious viral illness caused by influenza A or B viruses. It affects the nose and throat and may also affect the lungs.

Influenza is much more serious than the common cold. It can lead to pneumonia and other complications, and can be fatal. For more information see Flu symptoms, treatment and prevention.

Influenza vaccines reduce the risk of getting influenza, and reduce the severity of influenza. As immunity from vaccination decreases over time, and the influenza virus is constantly changing, the vaccines are altered each year to provide protection against currently circulating strains of the virus, therefore vaccination is required every year.

The 2020 flu vaccine does not protect against COVID-19. However, it will reduce the likelihood of you becoming seriously ill from the flu. It is likely people who get both COVID-19 and flu at the same time will be sicker that if they just have COVID-19 so the flu vaccine is especially important this year.

People aged 65 years and over, pregnant women, young children (6 months to less than 5 years of age), people with chronic health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease, and Aboriginal Australians (6 months of age and over) are particularly vulnerable. These groups are all able to access free influenza vaccinations in South Australia. Protect yourself and your family – get vaccinated. For more information visit the SA Health Flu Information page.

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