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Genes may affect response to flu shot

According to researchers, people with a specific genetic profile are more likely to have detectable antibodies against the flu strain targeted by the seasonal flu vaccine.

Keep colds at bay while travelling

One in five airline passengers catches a cold within a week of flying, according to new research by the American Medical Association.

Kids who were preemies need their flu shots

According to researchers, children who were born prematurely should be prioritised when delivering interventions to prevent influenza and influenza-related complications.

Steer clear of cold medicine for babies

Most children do not need medicines if they have a cold. In fact, over-the-counter cold and flu medication can have serious side effects in children under the age of two.

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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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