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May 7, 2018 | by  | in Mauri Ora Opinion | [ssba]

Mauri Ora

Get your flu shot now.

Influenza, or “the flu”, can make you very sick, leaving you unable to get out of bed, or care for yourself or others. Symptoms include sore throat, body aches, high fever, shivering, headaches which can be severe, as well as potential complications such as pneumonia.  Symptoms usually last at least one week and often longer – causing difficulty if you have study, work, or family commitments. Being fit and healthy won’t stop you getting the flu.

Each year one in four people in New Zealand catches flu.

The flu can be anywhere. It is easy to catch through coughs and sneezes. Influenza is much worse than a cold. Many people don’t know they have had the flu as they do not feel ill. But they can still pass it on and make other people very sick.  Some people with flu are admitted to hospital. A few people die from flu. Some people are more likely to get very sick when they have the flu including people who have ongoing illnesses like asthma or diabetes.

The best protect against influenza is to have a flu vaccine every year.

You protect yourself, your family, and people around you if you have a flu shot. You can’t get flu from the vaccine.

Flu shots are FREE for current students at Victoria University of Wellington.

Free flu shot clinics will be held in May.  

Clinics will be held in May between 11.30am and 2pm at the following locations

Monday 7 May

Pipitea Te Taunaki, Rutherford House

Tuesday 8 May

Kelburn HUB

Wednesday 9 May

Te Herenga Waka Marae Kelburn

Thursday 10 May

International Students Mauri Ora, Level 1, Student Union Building Kelburn

Te Aro

Thursday 17 May

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