With the arrival of winter and cooler weather, it’s important for Queenslanders to prepare for the peak flu season.

More than 11,500 people across the State have been affected by the flu so far this year, before the peak flu season even started.

To help you prepare this winter, here are some tips from our after-hours home doctors.

Get your flu shot

The best way to protect yourself and your family from the influenza virus is with the flu vaccination.

Nearly 900 Queenslanders have been admitted to hospital with the flu so far this year and health experts are urging people to have their vaccination before the peak season.

Free vaccinations are available to vulnerable groups including those aged over 65, pregnant women, most Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, those who suffer from chronic conditions and children under the age of five.

Stock up on pharmacy items

Rather than being caught off guard with a cold or the flu, stock up on basic pharmacy items that will help you to feel better.

Examples include:

  • Cold and flu tablets
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal sprays or drops.

For those who are unable to visit a chemist, whether it be because you’re time-poor or too unwell, pharmacy delivery app Tonic can deliver prescription and non-prescription medications straight to your home.

Have a regular GP available

During the peak flu season, have your regular GP’s contact details readily available in case you’re suddenly unwell. Be prepared to discuss the symptoms you’re experiencing along with other information such as any medications you’re currently taking.

If you happen to fall ill when your regular GP clinic is closed and your condition isn’t life-threatening, House Call Doctor is available to visit after-hours in the comfort of your own home.

Simply download the app, use the online booking form or call 13 55 66 to make a booking, and better yet, the flu shot is fully bulk billed though Medicare.