Staying well this winter

Ways to stay well and help prevent and protect against the flu this winter
  • Get the flu vaccine.   Keep in mind that it takes about 2 weeks for the vaccine to be effective. 
  • Wear a face mask. whenever you’re in a public place during flu season.
  • Stay away from people who are sick. Keep your distance from anyone who’s coughing, sneezing, or has other symptoms of a cold or virus.
  • If you are sick. Stay home and rest. 
  • Wash your hands regularly. This is important before preparing food and eating. Also, you should always wash your hands after using the bathroom.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces. The flu virus can live on hard surfaces. Use a disinfectant cleaner to wipe down door knobs, telephones, toys, light switches, and other high-touch surfaces several times each day. If anyone is sick in your home, they should also quarantine themselves to a certain part of the house.
  • Know the symptoms to watch for. Call your healthcare provider or Healthline on 0800 611 116 if any of these symptoms continue or worsen:  
    •  fever
    • coughing
    • sore throat
    • body aches
    • headache
    • tiredness
    • runny or stuffed-up nose

Some of these symptoms overlap with other respiratory infections like COVID-19, so you should take a COVID-19 test if you feel sick. It’s important to self-isolate, wear a mask, and practice good hygiene until you know your test results.