Healthy Habits to Help Protect Against Flu This Winter

News from St John - 2 Jun 2023

Crisp mornings and colder days signal winter, but they also signal an increase in snotty noses, sore throats, and temperatures as many of us in Queensland battle the flu. 

18,000 cases of influenza have been reported in Queensland already in 2023, and numbers are climbing each week*  

There were more than 3400 cases reported in the last week of May. 

There is no doubt the flu season can be a challenging time for many people in Queensland, as the influenza virus is highly contagious and can cause severe illness. 

The flu also poses a greater risk to certain vulnerable groups such as young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with underlying health conditions.  

Here are some tips to help you stay healthy during the flu season.  


Taking necessary precautions and staying prepared, we can help by reducing flu risk and protect ourselves and our loved ones. 

 By implementing a few simple strategies, we can reduce the likelihood of contracting the flu.  

Queensland Health recommends the following: 

  • Stay home when you are sick (in general, you can be infectious for up to a week after the onset of symptoms) 
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub 
  • Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose, and mouth 
  • Use a tissue, or the inside of your arm, when you cough and sneeze 
  • Throw tissues away immediately and wash your hands 
  • Don’t share items such as cups, lipstick, toys, or anything which has come into contact with the mouth or nose 
  • Stay at least 1 metre away from people who have flu-like symptoms 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces regularly, such as mobile phones, keyboards, remote controls, door handles, taps, tables, benches, gym equipment and fridge doors (flu viruses can be removed using household detergent) 


 One of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and our communities from the flu is by getting vaccinated.  

It not only reduces the likelihood of contracting the flu but also helps minimise the severity of symptoms if the infection does occur. 

 It is particularly important for those belonging to vulnerable groups to prioritise getting vaccinated. 


While most cases of the flu can be managed at home with rest and over-the-counter medications, there are certain severe symptoms that warrant immediate medical attention. 

 If you or someone you are caring for has trouble breathing, persistent chest pain, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe vomiting, or shows signs of dehydration, it is crucial to seek medical help promptly.  

These emergency warning signs may indicate complications related to the flu and require immediate attention from healthcare professionals. 


Influenza can pose a significant health risk during the flu season in Queensland. However, by taking preventive measures, getting vaccinated, and staying prepared, we can minimise the impact of the flu on ourselves and our communities. 

 Prioritising rest, practicing good hygiene, and maintaining hydration are simple yet effective ways to reduce the risk of contracting the flu.  

Additionally, getting vaccinated provides an added layer of protection. Should you or someone you know become ill, be prepared with necessary supplies, and have a plan in place for care. 

 By staying informed and taking necessary precautions, we can navigate the flu season with better health and peace of mind. 


St John Ambulance Queensland also offers a Workplace Infection Control online micro course. 

Click here to get tips for mitigating and managing the flu in your home or workplace.   

Our range of cleaning and medical products may also help reduce the spread of influenza in your home or workplace. You can view the range here. 

 *Click here to view the source where the figures were obtained from.