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Time for a jab

Saturday, 16th April, 2016

Colin Degoumois receives his flu shot from nurse Molley Jones at the South Medical Centre.PICTURE: Emily Roberts Colin Degoumois receives his flu shot from nurse Molley Jones at the South Medical Centre.PICTURE: Emily Roberts

Last week the new flu vaccine hit the city and locals have been quick to get a shot.

The South Medical Centre’s nurse Molley Jones said it had already seen about 200 people.

“Broken Hill people are very good at getting vaccinated,” said Ms Jones.

“We just want to let everyone know the vaccination is out.

“We do advise people to get it every 12 months - it is an ongoing vaccination.”

According to the Department of Health, vaccination is the  most effective way of preventing the spread of flu.

If you want to protect yourself, the department said, get vaccinated every year because the flu virus was constantly changing.

Unlike a cold, symptoms such as fever, sore throat and muscle aches develop suddenly with flu and last about a week. 

In some cases, severe illness and complications such as pneumonia and bronchitis can develop, which can result in hospitalisation and even death. 

The flu can also make some existing medical conditions worse.

The new four-strain flu vaccine, now protects against the nasty Brisbane virus.

Those at increased risk of severe influenza and its complications include people aged over 65 years, Aboriginal people aged six months to five years and older than 15 years, pregnant women and someone with a medical condition, such as severe asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

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