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General information about cold and flu
Explore this infographic to compare colds and flu symptoms, debunk the most common myths and learn more about the flu vaccine.
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.
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.
Learn more about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments of coughs, colds and flu in children and babies — and when to seek medical advice.
When you are pregnant you need to be careful about how you treat cold or flu as it can affect you and your baby.
Different types of flu
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.
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
Common in people of all ages, chest infections can occur alongside a cold or flu. Discover more about its causes, symptoms and treatment options.
Most coughs are caused by viruses that inflame the throat, windpipe or lungs. Here are some tips to relieve the symptoms of cough.
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.
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.
Fevers are quite common in young children and are usually mild. Find out how to deal with fever and high temperatures in children here.
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 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.
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.
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Last reviewed: May 2019