Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Free flu shot clinic at Kimberley Centennial Hall

Free flu shot clinic at Kimberley Centennial Hall

The flu summit brought together health experts, including representatives of the World Health Organisation and other leading institutes, to develop strategies for managing future flu seasons. Each year, an average of 20,000 children nationwide under the age of five are hospitalized because of influenza complications.

People not eligible for free flu vaccine through the publicly-funded program should contact their physician, local pharmacy, walk-in clinic, travel clinic or private provider.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus. "However, influenza is different - it is a serious infection of the airways that can be quite severe".

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"Following the spike in flu cases this year, the Palaszczuk Government is investing $1 million so young children can access a potentially lifesaving vaccine for free", he said. For those under 18, the preferred vaccine also protects against an additional B influenza virus.

Right now, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County is participating in "Flu Boo IV".

Flu shots now contain an updated influenza A (H1N1) component, which reflects the constantly changing environment of flu viruses, according to a CDC fact sheet.

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Both flu activity and flu-associated hospitalizations are higher than normal. While vaccination provides the greatest protection against the flu, other effective ways to avoid getting or spreading it include: washing hands frequently or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, or coughing or sneezing into elbows; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and staying home when sick and until fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

"Queensland has this year endured its worst flu season in many years", Mr Dick said.

In real figures, out of 99,588 patients registered 65 years old and over in Buckinghamshire, 70,984 got the vaccination.

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