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Title: Colds and flu (PDF file) (Links to English resource)
Summary: Influenza (the flu) is caused by a virus. The flu is more than just a bad cold and can occasionally lead to serious complications, including death. Specific antiviral medication is available. It is only useful if given early after onset of symptoms and may shorten duration of the illness and reduce symptoms. Vulnerable people are more likely to develop serious complications including pneumonia. Immunisation can offer protection from flu.
Organisation: Department of Health & Human Services
Publishing date: December 2010
Last reviewed: May 2017
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