Colds and flu

When you have the flu

Flu myths and facts

Many misconceptions about the flu virus and vaccine persist, despite the widespread impact of the disease and the benefit of vaccine.

Flu and children

How do you know whether your child has 'flu and not just the common cold? And how can you treat your child at home? A virologist has the facts.

Flu and the elderly

More than 50 percent of the elderly with flu will develop respiratory infections, and more than 90 percent of deaths related to influenza occur in the elderly.

Sleep soundly even when you're sick

Sore throat. Stuffy nose. Wheezing cough. When you’re sick with a cold or flu, all you want to do is crawl into bed and sleep for a week or two.

'I had swine flu'

South Africa's 13th swine flu patient is up and about and doing much better, thanks to quick action from his doctor.

The age of killer germs

It seems humans are losing the battle against ever stronger germs. Will our new superdrugs be up to the task of fighting these superbugs?

Flu and smokers

Smokers are definitely more likely to experience the adverse consequences of flu infections.

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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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