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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 (South Australian Health Department) 

Immunisation

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.

SA Health (South Australian Health Department) 

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

Pregnant women

 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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