Pandemic Influenza

Pandemic influenza, also called the flu, occurs when a new virus emerges for which people have little or no immunity, allowing the virus to spread easily worldwide.

Getting the flu is even more likely if you have been in contact with someone who already has it, or have had some other type of exposure such as overseas travel to areas where there has been a flu outbreak. Each year the flu causes many people to get ill and some are hospitalised or die as a result of contracting the virus.

Important things to know about the flu:

  • The flu spreads quickly through coughs and sneezes from infected people
  •  The flu is a virus and cannot be treated with antibiotics

Annual flu vaccinations:

  • Will reduce the risk of flu infections
  • Are free for some people
  • Are suitable for people who work or live with people who are at risk of serious flu complications
  • Will not give you a dose of flu because they do not contain any live virus.

Contact your doctor for more information about available immunisations.

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