As the sweet smells of jasmine and other blossoms fill the air, it's easy to believe that spring is here, and that the misery of winter ailments is now a thing of the past. So why are so many people battling with flu symptoms right now when the change of season is so evident?
Suffering from fever, chills, headaches, body aches and cough is pretty awful at any time, but feels even worse when the sun is shining brightly and everyone around you is happily shrugging off their winter layers. Perhaps you've developed the dreaded lurgy because you’re one of the thousands of South Africans who were denied having the flu jab this year due to the chronic shortage of the vaccine. Or maybe you're one of the unlucky statistics who have picked up the virus because so many at-risk people (infants and children especially those under 2; anyone over 65; pregnant women and people of any age with certain chronic conditions including asthma or lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, some neurological conditions and people with severely compromised immune systems) were unable to get their usual protection so succumbed in greater numbers this season.