Colds and flu


Find information and advice on flu remedies and treatment with detailed articles on medication, vaccines and symptomatic therapy for fighting colds and flu.

Echinacea proven to fight flu

New research by an international panel of researchers has shown, for the first time, the efficacy of echinacea purpurea against flu viruses, including the H1N1 strain.

A cold or flu? Here's what to do

As the nights get colder, it's not only the duvets and heaters that get hauled out, but boxes of tissues for the inevitable winter colds and flu.

No cold meds for kids

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended a ban on over-the-counter cough and cold medicines for children younger than 6.

Uber taxis bring flu shots to your home

If you’ve ever used the Uber taxi service, you’re probably a fan. It’s super easy to use. Now, in the US, they have introduced UberHEALTH, that delivers flu shots and wellness packs to your home.

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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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