Colds and flu

Preventing flu

Preventing flu is not always possible but good hygiene, avoiding those who are sick and getting a flu injection can all help to minimise your risk. Learn more about the flu vaccine and how to prevent the flu here.

SEE: Clean hands can prevent flu

How often do you wash your hands? Do you wash them properly? Research shows that regular hand washing can help protect you from colds and flu.

How getting a flu shot could save your life

It has been shown that influenza vaccination could reduce death, acute coronary syndromes, and hospitalisation in patients with coronary heart disease, and/or heart failure.

Do I really need the flu shot?

Every year as the weather starts to cool and the days get shorter, we know that flu season is on its way. Fortunately, you can safeguard yourself with a simple vaccination.

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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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