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When a patient presents to an emergency department or urgent care centre, they should be given the best available information.

This updated fact sheet helps ensure clinicians and patients have access to easy-to-read information about different emergency conditions.

Give this fact sheet to your patients when discharging them from an emergency department or urgent care centre.

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Download our fact sheet to provide your patients with easy to follow guidance on colds and flu.

This fact sheet has the #withconsumers tick from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia

A cold is caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat and upper airways. There are more than 200 different viruses that can cause a cold. The flu (influenza) is caused by more severe viruses. The rapid changes in viruses also result in different types of seasonal flu.

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Centre of Clinical Excellence - Acute
Safer Care Victoria

Page last updated: 15 Jan 2021

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