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Influenza

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Many people are unsure whether they have a cold or influenza (the flu). The flu is quite different to a cold. It lasts longer and people are usually much more unwell with it. The flu is caused by a few slightly different types of influenza viruses, while colds are caused by many different viruses.

For more information about influenza, including symptoms and prevention of the spread of influenza have a look at the

Better Health Channel 
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ 

SA Health

A new influenza vaccine is produced each year because of the changes that happen to the virus, and people need to have their 'flu shots' each year.

Better Health Channel 
http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/ 

Pregnant women are urged to be immunised against influenza during pregnancy. Have a look at this topic on our Pregnancy website

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