A health epidemic occurs when an infectious disease spreads rapidly to many people in a given population within a short period of time.
If a health epidemic occurs and you suspect you may be ill, phone 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or your doctor before visiting a health facility, to discuss your symptoms and get advice on whether a medical examination or further actions may be necessary.
Lean more about what to do during a pandemic influenza episode on the Queensland Health website.
Preparing for a health epidemic
Follow the steps in our 'Preparing for emergencies' page to make sure you are always prepared for an emergency situation.
How to reduce the risk of a health epidemic
- Stay home when you are sick
- Wash your hands and bathe regularly with soap and water
- Wash your hands prior to touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Properly dispose of garbage and food items
- Keep your house clean
- Ensure pets are kept away from your house and living areas
- Keep up-to-date with vaccinations
- Determine whether you are in the ‘at risk’ category, which includes children, aged individuals, those who have a low immune system or those who work in close proximity with others such as a nurse or childcare worker