Colds and flu

Updated 11 July 2014

The three types of flu viruses

There are three types of influenza viruses, namely type A, B and C.

There are three types of influenza viruses, namely type A, B and C.

It is impossible to tell the difference between influenza A and B from the symptoms that you have, but influenza C causes a much milder illness resembling a cold.

It is important to note that one may be infected with influenza A, B and C in the same winter, or in successive winters, as these viruses differ significantly from one another.

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

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