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Flu: let your body fight back

It’s tempting to think that there’s a pill or a potion for everything, but the best defence against a virus like influenza is still a strong immune system; CyberDoc advises on flu.

How does flu spread?

An infected person sheds mucus from their nose and throat and the virus is aerosolised by speaking, sneezing and coughing.

Flu (influenza)

Influenza ('flu) is a viral infection of the airways that also has severe general symptoms. It is a seasonal illness that affects large numbers of people during winter.

Avoiding the killer flu

With the flu season upon us, experts warn that the world may be on the brink of yet another killer pandemic.

Seven flu myths

These seven flu myths regularly do the rounds. Make sure you don't fall for any of them.

Summer flu?

It's summer and everybody is on the beach. But you're stuck in bed – with a temperature and aching muscles. Do you have the flu?

Swine influenza

Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus, which regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs.

Do I have the flu?

The onset of flu is usually very sudden - one can often pinpoint the exact hour when you start feeling ill.

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Flu expert

Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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