Colds and flu


What is the role of influenza vaccines?

Influenza vaccines are produced from inactivated (killed) viruses. Within one to two weeks after receiving the vaccine, the body produces antibodies which will fight the virus. Infection will be either prevented, or the severity of symptoms will be reduced.

Your day-by-day flu guide

To help ease your worries, we asked the experts to spell out what day-by-day flu symptoms to expect, how you should treat them, and when to call your doctor.

Flu vaccine effective in children

A major clinical trial found that the flu vaccine prevents the disease more than half the time in children and can also ward off more serious sickness.

Go the oseltamivir route

Down with the flu? While there are many over-the-counter drugs you can try, there's really only one effective solution if you live in SA: oseltamivir, marketed as Tamiflu.

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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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