Colds and flu

Updated 04 October 2017

What must I do if I get the flu?

Here are four simple tips about what to do if you get the flu.

1. Stay in bed and get lots of rest.
2. Flu continues to be contagious for 3-4 days after the symptoms have appeared, so going to work or school is not a good idea.
3. Take plenty of fluids.
4. Take a painkiller for muscle aches and pains, but do not give aspirin to children under the age of 18. (See Reye's syndrome)


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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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