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How can the flu be prevented?

Page last updated 09 April 2020

Annual vaccination is the best form of prevention. It is also important for everyone to take preventative measures on a day-to-day basis. People should always cover their face when coughing and sneezing. It is also recommended people sneeze into a tissue or their elbow, not directly onto hands, to prevent the spread of germs. Tissues should always be thrown into a rubbish bin after use. Hand washing is important too. Hands should always be washed with soap and water to help kill germs. Using an alcohol rub is also effective. If unwell with flu-like symptoms, it is advisable to stay at home to prevent the germs spreading in the workplace and the community.

Sources & Citations

13.    NSW Government. Health. Influenza factsheet. Available at: (accessed 11 March 2020).

SPANZ.IFLU.18.04.0165(3)a Date of preparation- March 2020