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The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu viruses and can range from mild to severe. Unlike a cold, the flu develops rapidly and is accompanied by a fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhoea.  The flue is not caused by a germ and is therefore not reactive to antibiotics. Getting your yearly flu shot will greatly increase your chances of not catching the flu. 


Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It can be brought on by bacteria or a virus such as the flu. Symptoms include a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. If left untreated pneumonia can lead to death, particularly in children and the elderly. A Prevnar 13 vaccination can help reduce your risk of contracting Pneumonia. For more information on the Prevnar 13 vaccination please visit Prevnar.


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