​Practise good personal hygiene

Remember - taking some time to wash your hands with soap and water can help you be germ-free. Don t forget to use soap. It is crucial as it will help break down grease that houses most germs.

If soap and water are unavailable, you may want to use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. This is effective against both bacteria and viruses.

8 Steps of handwashing (image)

Germs have no borders

To prevent your germs from travelling everywhere, make sure that you use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. These nasty little things can live on tissues for several hours. Dispose of your tissue in a covered bin as soon as you can.

Keep yourself healthy

Leading a healthy lifestyle, can help boost your immune system:

  • Include two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables into your diet everyday
  • Plenty of fresh air and 30 minutes of physical activity five times a week can leave you feeling energised
  • Drink the equivalent of 8 glasses of water
  • Get 6-8 hours of sleep
  • Go for the influenza vaccination annually
Click here for more information on vaccine-preventable diseases, subsidies available, and frequently asked questions.

What to do if you feel unwell

If you feel unwell with flu-like symptoms, visit your nearest Pandemic Preparedness Clinic (PPC) or polyclinic immediately. Do not try to self-medicate. You should wear a mask on your way to the clinic. 

Exercise social responsibility

If you are unwell:

  • Do not go to work or school
  • Avoid crowded places (e.g. shopping malls, social activities, community events)
  • Try not to take public transport
  • Wear a mask if you have to and try to avoid travelling at peak hours
  • If your symptoms worsen, call 995