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April 21, 2016
Flu season is coming.

Get vaccinated today – ask us how.

We want to help you stay healthy for longer – don’t let flu hold you back this year. Influenza commonly known as ‘the flu’ is a highly contagious viral infection that is responsible for major outbreaks of illness around the world, usually in the winter months.

Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause severe illness and life-threating complications such as pneumonia or bronchitis, which in some cases can require hospitalisation.

It is estimated that each year, the flu contributes to an average of 13, 500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians aged over 50 years. The flu spreads from person to person through the air by coughing or sneezing, or by direct contact with the virus on hard surfaces or other people’s hands.

Who should be vaccinated?
We would encourage everyone that can be vaccinated to do so – you are not only protecting but you are also helping to protect others that are unable to get vaccinated. The most dangerous cases of the flu occur in children under 4 years, pregnant women and the elderly.

Are you eligible for a Government Subsidised (FREE) 2016 Flu Vaccine?
Eligibility for a subsidised vaccine is based on the following criteria:
• you are pregnant,
• over 65 years old,
• 6 months to under 5 years old,
• identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and are 6 months to 5 years old, or 15 years and over,
• over 6 months old only with medical conditions predisposing to develop severe influenza including:
• Cardiac disease,
• Chronic respiratory condition, (including asthma if requiring frequent hospitalisation),
• Chronic illnesses requiring regular medical follow-up or hospitalisation in the previous year,
• Chronic neurological conditions,
• Impaired immunity,
• Children 6 months up to age 10 if receiving long-term aspirin therapy.

Accessing this service:
The vaccine will be available from April 2016 at our Wallan, Broadford and Kinglake locations. The vaccine requires and appointment with a GP and Nurse. If you would like to book at a Nexus Clinic call 1300 77 33 52.

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