A group of people aged between 2 and 82. Anyone can get the flu.

You never forget the flu, it can hit quickly and last for a few weeks.

Flu germs are carried in almost invisible little droplets from saliva, sneezes, coughs and runny noses. They can live on surfaces for hours and spread when people touch the infected surface. And hands are a major transmitter of viruses and bugs.

The best way to avoid spreading the flu is to stay at home while you are unwell and rest.

Helping stop the spread of flu is as simple as following three simple steps:

  1. If you don't have a tissue handy and you feel a sneeze or cough coming on, cough or sneeze into your elbow, and if you do use a tissue, make sure you dispose of it into a bin nearby.
  2. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water at regular intervals throughout the day is a quick and easy way to help stop the spread of germs.
  3. Stay home and avoid visiting busy public places and vulnerable people.

What to do if you have the flu:

  1. Avoid contact with others as much as possible while the infection is contagious. For adults this is usually around 3-5 days from when the first symptoms appear.
  2. Rest and allow your body to use its energy to fight the infection.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids unless instructed not to by your doctor. Extra fluids are needed to replace those lost because of the fever (through sweating).
  4. If you are not feeling better in a few days, see your doctor.

For more information visit the Better Health Channel