FLU SEASON: Stay healthy this winter.
FLU SEASON: Stay healthy this winter. Warren Lynam

Five top tips to beat winter flu

FLU season is upon us and it is important to do what we can to stay healthy during these colder months.

Darling Downs public health unit director, Dr Penny Hutchinson knows the potential dangers of the winter flu well.

"There are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself and avoid the misery of being laid up with the flu or having your case progress into something more severe,” Dr Hutchinson said.

Make sure you are prepared this winter season by following Dr Hutchinson's simple health tips below:

1. GET VACCINATED

The influenza vaccination is your best protection against getting the flu.

It is not too late to get an influenza vaccination - see your GP or pharmacy to organise a jab.

2. REMEMBER TO HYDRATE

In winter we tend to be less thirsty, but it is still very important to keep fluids up - aim to drink one to two litres per day.

3. GET ENOUGH FRUIT AND VEG

Eating a nutrient rich diet can help to boost your immunity.

4. GET SOME EXERCISE

Studies show people who engage in regular, moderate exercise have increased immunity.

5. REST UP

Getting a good night's sleep is also a known immunity booster.

If you do happen to pick up a case of the flu it is important to look after yourself.

Flu symptoms left untreated can lead to serious conditions such as influenza.

Influenza symptoms can include fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, muscle and joint pain, and tiredness or extreme exhaustion.

In elderly people, the only symptoms of flu may be confusion, shortness of breath, and / or worsening of a chronic condition.

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