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Keep the flu at bay

Keep the flu at bay

18 June 2019

Winter can bring its share of sniffles and colds, but it can also unleash more serious illnesses such as the flu.

While a cold virus will likely last a few days, the flu, if left untreated, can lead to dangerous complications such as pneumonia and can even be fatal. 

Those most susceptible tend to be the elderly, pregnant women and those with an ongoing medical condition such as diabetes or heart or lung condition, but it can affect anyone, no matter how fit and healthy they are.

Immunising against the flu helps prepare your immune system to fight the flu and can lessen the chance of someone not only getting it, but of spreading it around family, work colleagues, older relatives, or someone with a medical condition.

It takes two weeks to develop immunity once a person has the vaccine.

Pregnant women are at greater risk of complications from the flu and they can be vaccinated at any time during their pregnancy.

The vaccine can also pass immunity to the baby which can protect them in their first six weeks when they are too young to be vaccinated.

The flu is an airborne disease and very contagious, so if someone has the flu they should stay home from work to reduce spreading it around. Symptoms include a cough, headache, fever or chills, body aches and pains, fatigue and generally feeling miserable.

The flu is a severe respiratory illness which is different to a cold, so if people think they have a flu they need to seek medical treatment immediately.

The Flu vaccination is free for all Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki enrolled clients who are pregnant; 65 years and over; have longterm health conditions such as severe asthma, cancer and diabetes; and for children four years and under who have a history of respiratory illness.  

Other enrolled clients are $20; unregistered $40.

 

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