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Influenza Vaccine 2013

The following extract is from the Department of Helath & Ageing website 7 is regarding the importance of older Australians having an annual flu vaccination.

Influenza (flu) is caused by two types of viruses in humans (Influenza A and B). Influenza spreads from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing and by direct contact from your hands. 

Symptoms may occur 1 to 3 days after infection and could include:

  • tiredness;
  • fever;
  • chills;
  • headache;
  • cough;
  • sneezing and runny nose;
  • poor appetite; and
  • muscle aches.

Influenza is a vaccine preventable disease, but vaccines need to be given each year, because the viruses are always changing.

The idea that the flu vaccine can give you the flu is a myth. The vaccine is a dead virus which cannot infect you. The vaccine makes your body produce the antibodies necessary to fight the flu.

Free influenza vaccine is available for all Australians aged 65 and over. People in this age group are at high risk from influenza and its complications, with the majority of deaths from influenza occurring in this age group.

To receive your influenza immunisation, visit your doctor or immunisation provider. It is important to note that whilst the vaccine is free, a consultation fee may apply.

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/immunise-influenza

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