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The flu (influenza) is a virus which spreads from person to person through air and on your hands.

Vaccination is the single effective action in preventing influenza and stopping its spread in the community. It differs from a cold as symptoms such fever, sore throat and muscle aches develops suddenly and last about a week. In some cases severe illness and complications can develop resulting in hospitalisation and/or death. Each year, the flu vaccine will protect against the three strains of flu virus which are most likely to circulate over the winter period. The flu vaccine does not contain any live virus therefore you cannot get flu from receiving the vaccine.

PEOPLE OF RISK ( free flu vaccine):

1. 65 years and over

2. Aboriginal and Tores Strait Islander People.

3. Pregnant women.

4. Medically at risk: heart disease, severe asthma, chronic lung conditions, disease of the nervous system, impaired immunity, diabetes.

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