Australian flu season has already claimed 228 lives and infected more than 100,000 across Australia this year. Experts say the worst is yet to come. Influenza (the flu) is a highly contagious disease putting cancer patients at higher risk of serious and even life-threatening problems. Your immune system will already be weakened by cancer and treatments.
The flu spreads by body fluids from infected people. When they cough or sneeze you breathe it in or through direct contact with fluid from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. It’s incredible how many contaminated surfaces you may touch with the flu virus on it and then touch your mouth, eyes or nose.
To protect yourself from a cold or flu wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. Lather up with running water and soap and scrub your palms, between your fingers, and the backs of your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. There are times when you need to get your hands clean and there’s no soap and water available, so hand sanitiser is the next best thing. We’ve popped a purse size Thankyou hand sanitiser in our Kit for Cancer case.
Authorities have urged anyone with flu-like symptoms to stay home and follow basic hygiene practices, covering your coughs and sneezes. Don’t share cups, plates, cutlery and towels with other people. Stop the disease spreading by staying away from childcare, school, work or other places and avoid visiting anyone with a compromised immune system.
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