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All about colds and flu

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General information about cold and flu

Colds and flu - an overview

Colds and flu – an overview

Colds and flu (influenza) are different illnesses caused by different viruses. Learn about cold and flu causes, symptoms, treatments, medication and how to prevent colds and flu.

Cold or flu? - infographic

Cold or flu? – Infographic

Explore this infographic to compare colds and flu symptoms, debunk the most common myths and learn more about the flu vaccine.

Flu vaccine FAQ

Flu vaccine – FAQ

When should you get the flu shot? Is it OK to be vaccinated against flu more than once in the same year? Here’s what you need to know about getting the flu vaccine.

10 tips to fight the flu – Infographic

10 tips to fight the flu – Infographic

Flu vaccine and good hygiene are some of the most important ways to help prevent colds and flu. Here's a handy list of tips to fight the flu.

Cold and flu during pregnancy

Cold and flu during pregnancy

When you are pregnant you need to be careful about how you treat cold or flu as it can affect you and your baby.

Cold and flu in babies and children

Cold and flu in babies and children

Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of coughs, colds and flu in children and babies — and when to seek medical advice.


Different types of flu

Influenza A

Influenza A

Influenza A is a highly contagious respiratory illness. It’s not usually dangerous if you are healthy, but can cause serious problems if you’re not.

Influenza A

Influenzae type b (Hib)

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a dangerous infection, although the routine vaccination of babies means it is now rare in Australia. Learn more here.


Cold and flu-like symptoms

Influenza A

Chest infection

Common in people of all ages, chest infections can occur alongside a cold or flu. Discover more about its causes, symptoms and treatment options.

Influenza A

Cough

Most coughs are caused by viruses that inflame the throat, windpipe or lungs. Here are some tips to relieve the symptoms of cough.

Influenza A

Coughs, colds and ear infections in children

It’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds per year. Read this article to find out more about common childhood illnesses.

Fever

Fever

A high temperature is a normal response to infection and is a common sign of the flu. Learn how to take a temperature reading and get advice on self-care.

Fever and high temperature in children

Fever and high temperature in children

Fevers are quite common in young children and are usually mild. Find out how to deal with fever and high temperatures in children here.

Headaches

Headaches

Headache is one of the most common health complaints, but most headaches are easily treated. Discover more about the different types of headache and treatment options.

Sinusitis

Sinusitis

Sinusitis is when the hollow spaces in the bones of your face become inflamed. Sinusitis is a common symptom of cold and flu, which can make it difficult to tell the difference between them.

Sore throat

Sore throat

A sore throat is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection and is common with a cold or, more rarely, the flu. Here’s what you can do for a sore throat.

Last reviewed: May 2019

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