Colds and flu

Your Colds and flu Guide

Flu (or influenza) and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, sinuses, upper airways and lungs. These viruses spread easily from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes or, quite commonly, through hand-to-hand contact. Flu symptoms can be treated, but neither a cold nor flu can be cured. The influenza vaccine is the most important way to either avoid influenza altogether, or to reduce its severity.

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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.
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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