Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Get a Jab to Give Flu a Miss; Not Too Late to Be Vaccinated

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Get a Jab to Give Flu a Miss; Not Too Late to Be Vaccinated

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Byline: Stuart Cumming stuart.cumming@thechronicle.com.au

WINTER'S annual influx of flu germs has arrived.

Toowoomba public health physician Penny Hutchinson said the number of people presenting with influenza had increased over the past few weeks.

Dr Hutchinson said it was not too late for residents to be vaccinated against the flu.

She said it was especially important for people at greater risk of severe influenza to be vaccinated.

This included pregnant women, people aged 65 and older, indigenous people aged 15 years and older, residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, homeless people and anyone six months of age or older with chronic medical conditions or impaired immunity.

The vaccine is available free to most people in these groups.

This year's vaccine is based on the virus strains that circulated in the last northern hemisphere winter a an influenza A H3N2 strain, an influenza A H1N1 strain and an influenza B strain. …

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