The difference between a cold and the flu is not always obvious, which is no doubt responsible for many that have had a flu vaccination claiming that they "subsequently came down with the flu from the vaccination".
I'd consider the following article by Frank Bowden,Professor of Medicine at the Australian National University, Canberra and Senior Staff Specialist Infectious Diseases at ACT Health a MUST READ. It's full of useful information on how to avoid respiratory infections, tips on how to manage them and common complications that can occur, along with an absolutely fantastic animated video showing how we are infected by respiratory viruses:
One of the respondents referenced this additional essential information on how to avoid respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections:
The 4 Principles of Hand Awareness
1. Wash your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating
2. DO NOT cough into your hands
3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth
Remember these are the only portals of entry into the human body for ALL respiratory and gastro-intestinal infections!
Country farms in Australia often have their telecommunications provided via remote telephone exchanges linked via microwave towers. A flock of galahs or cockatoos can be seen approaching the right of the tower in this sunset photo.