Colds and flu

Updated 04 August 2014

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

The incubation period from exposure to the virus to onset of symptoms is 1- 4 days, the symptoms last another 3 -4 days.

Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever and chills, aching muscles, a dry cough, headache, fatigue and sometimes a sore throat or runny nose.

 

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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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