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Influenza (Flu) is a highly contagious respiratory illness which may result in mild to severe illness, and at times death. Aboriginal Australians are at greater risk of catching severe flu and its associated effects.
Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, muscle ache, headaches and generally feeling tired. Influenza can also worsen certain medical conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.
Essentially, the more people that get the vaccine, the greater number of people will be protected, particularly pregnant women, young children and the elders who are all vulnerable members of this group.
The peak flu season usually occurs during August and September in Western Australia. It is recommended that you get vaccinated during the months of May and June by your Aboriginal Medical Service or health provider to ensure that you are protected, but if not possible then at any stage from now on would be ideal.
Flu vaccinations are provided free by the Australian government through the National Immunisation Program. This applies to Aboriginal people aged between 6 months and 5 years and all Aboriginal persons 15 years and above.
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