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I’m generally healthy, do I really need the flu vaccine?

Page last updated 24 May 2018

he Australian Department of Health recommends that everyone receives a yearly influenza vaccine to prevent influenza infection.12 Even if you are fit and healthy, influenza has the potential to cause very serious complications. 
Each year, the people who are most affected can vary due to the predominant strain of the virus circulating in the community and who has immunity to it.  In January 2018, a 21-year-old bodybuilder in the USA died after contracting influenza. Younger, healthy adults can still be at risk of serious complications brought on by influenza.

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