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Updated 03 March 2016

Winter is on its way, bringing along colds and flu

Winter is on its way, bringing colds and flu with it. Speak to your pharmacist about Adcock Ingram's Dilinct Junior Syrup to treat your child's cough.

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Germs easily multiply and spread as we tend to stay indoors to escape the cold. Cold and flu germs spread by droplets released in the air through coughing or sneezing.

These are easily transferred while even just chatting or shaking hands with someone who is sick.

The flu vaccination is the best way of reducing the chances of getting flu and spreading it to others. While having a flu vaccine shot doesn’t guarantee protection against the flu, people who do so are less likely to get sick with flu than someone who doesn’t get vaccinated.

The common cold and flu are caused by viruses, with acute upper respiratory tract infections being the most common. In most children, a viral upper respiratory tract infection is the cause of a cough which lasts for less than 3 weeks.

This can be very distressing, especially if it interferes with the child’s sleep, school performance and playtime. 

When your child has a cold or flu, resting and using over-the-counter medications to treat the symptoms can go a long way to helping them feel better. Ask your pharmacist about Adcock Ingram’s Dilinct Junior for treating coughs in children.  

S0 Dilinct Junior Syrup. Each 10 ml contains Guaifenesin 200 mg. Reg. No. 33/10.1/0086. For full prescribing information, refer to the package insert approved by the medicines regulatory authority. ZA.15.CFA.083 04/2015. Adcock Ingram Limited. Reg. No. 1949/034385/06 Private Bag X69, Bryanston, 2021, South Africa.
Tel +27 11 635 0000. 

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