Colds and flu

Preventing flu

Flu-proof your home

While it's impossible to banish the viruses that cause cold and flu, you can limit your family’s exposure to them at home.

Flu: get fighting fit

With winter here, you are bound to be surrounded by coughers and sneezers wherever you go, greatly increasing your flu risk. Start an anti-flu action plan today. Here's how.

Hand washing vs expensive flu meds

In the run-up to the annual influenza season hard-pressed South African consumers are being encouraged to weigh up the relative costs of various preventative measures.

Hostile world

Watch these spectacular graphics of how the human body defends itself. We see some of the most dangerous sports in the world, a double hand transplant and the common cold.

10 immune system boosters

It makes sense to boost your immune system as a precautionary measure. Here are ten important things the experts say you should do in order to stay healthy.

15 tips to stay healthy in winter

Don't let colds and flu stop you this winter. Follow these tips and hints and you can continue to get more out life despite the weather forecast.

Vaccinate to prevent winter blues

The most effective strategy to combat serious complications brought on by influenza is through widespread timeous annual vaccination, especially in 'high risk' individuals.

Preventing colds and flu

Feel it – it is been here awhile. We’re talking about winter. Chilly days and long nights; soup-suppers and cosy nesting nights. It’s also cough-and-sniffle season for the unwary.

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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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