Queensland Health wants to share these important flu facts with our school community:
Flu is dangerous for everyone, but particularly for children. During 2017, there were over 56,000 cases of confirmed cases of influenza in Queensland, of which over 10,000 were in children under ten years of age. Having an annual flu vaccine will help keep you, your family and the community healthy this flu season.
Flu strains change each year and there is a new flu vaccine every year because flu viruses mutate easily and often. Flu spreads easily between people, particularly children.
You can get flu by either breathing in droplets that are infected with flu virus or from touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching your own mouth, nose or eyes.
Young children are more likely to spread flu because they tend to have greater contact with others, are infectious for longer than an average adult, and may not always cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing or wash their hands often enough. They are super-spreaders.
If you (or your child) are unwell, stay home until better.
Flu causes adults and children to miss out on their regular activities, such as attending school, work, family outings, sporting events or just hanging out with friends. Anyone with the flu should stay home, rest and recover for about 7 – 10 days.
We can all make a difference. Remember it is not 'just the flu', it is a serious disease. Having an annual flu vaccine will help keep you, your family and the community healthy this flu season.