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Flu warning for elderly

Clarence residents aged over 50 are being urged to vaccinate against influenza, as they are particularly at risk of complications or even death.
The warning to be protected against ‘the flu’ has been put out by the North Coast Primary Health Network and the Northern NSW Local Health District.
It is estimated that each year the flu causes 13,500 hospitalisations and more than 3,000 deaths among Australians over 50 years of age.
Flu vaccine is free for those over 65. For others, it costs between $11-$15 at pharmacies.
The influenza virus is especially dangerous for elderly people, particularly if they have underlying medical conditions, or are susceptible to pneumonia. Flu symptoms include tiredness, high fever, chills, headache, coughing, sneezing, runny noses, poor appetite, and muscle aches. Older people with the flu can experience complications and end up seriously ill in hospital.
Flu shots are available through pharmacies and local GPs.

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