Flu Facts

There are alot of myths circulating on the internet and social media about the flu, so it’s important to share the facts with your networks:

Post 1) Flu season lasts longer than winter

Winter does not equal flu season. Flu season in Australia usually begins in April and ends in October, but people can catch flu all year round. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 2) The flu shot doesn’t work straight away

The flu shot can take up to two weeks to work. Make sure you get your flu shot at your local AMS or doctor early this flu season. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 3) There are multiple strains of the flu

The flu is not one virus, but a family of viruses with many different types or strains. The virus changes and evolves all the time, creating new strains. This is why you need to get a new flu shot each year. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 4) You can spread the flu even if you don’t have flu symptoms

You can spread the flu to someone else before you know you are sick. It’s important to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds with soap and water, even if you’re not showing flu symptoms. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 5) The flu shot is safe during pregnancy

The flu shot is safe during pregnancy. Pregnant women are at higher risk of serious illness from flu. You can get your free flu shot at your next antenatal visit to protect you and your baby. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 6) You can prevent catching and spreading the flu

You can prevent the spread of the flu by coughing and sneezing safely into a tissue or your elbow. Wash your hands properly with soap and water straight away after sneezing. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 7) If you have flu like symptoms, stay home

If you’re sick with flu symptoms, stay home and don’t go to work or school. You can still see your doctor, but call ahead to your local AMS so they can give you the best care. #flufact #immunity4community

Post 8) The flu shot cannot protect you from COVID-19

There is no treatment or vaccine for the new coronavirus yet. But preventing flu with the flu shot can protect your community and the health system. #flufact #immunity4community