THE FLU VACCINE IS NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SURGERY
We will be offering walk-in clinics for the Flu Vaccine – Watch out for the dates!
- If you are eligible for a funded flu vaccine, there will no charge - Eligibility Criteria
- Non-funded flu vaccine is $30 per person
- For more information visit the National Influenza Specialist Group
What’s the difference between the common cold and “the flu”?
Colds and flu’s are respiratory illnesses that are commonly confused with one another.
The common cold is an inflammation of the mucous membranes and tends to be centered in the nose. Even though you may feel tired or have aches, most symptoms are above the neck.
Influenza – commonly known as “the flu” – can have much more serious effects, making you feel sick all over. You can be vaccinated against the flu but not for a cold.
Cold symptoms typically last between 1 to 5 days. Early signs include a sore throat, sneezing and a running nose. After a few days, nasal secretions usually become thicker and may turn a greenish or yellowish colour. Colds tend to last about a week, but a few symptoms (e.g. cough) may continue for an additional week or so.
The flu tends to occur suddenly, with fever, body aches and extreme tiredness meaning bed rest is normally required. Chest infection is common and can lead to complications such as pneumonia. Symptoms typically last 4 to 7 days; however, the cough and tiredness usually lasts for weeks after the rest of the illness is over.
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