Updated 04 November 2016

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Cold and flu symptoms can make you feel miserable, but recovery usually doesn’t take too long – unless there are complications.

These may include:

 - (temporary) hearing loss;

 - Guillain-Barre syndrome; pneumonia;

 - myocarditis (the inflammation and destruction of heart muscle tissue);

 - Reye’s syndrome (where both the brain and liver are inflamed);

 - pregnancy loss; and encephalitis or meningitis.

For the latest on flu jabs and cold remedies, visit the Cold & Flu Centre.


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