10 March 2016

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Did you know that, when it comes to the flu, most adults are contagious for about five to seven days, but children, especially young kids between 1 and 2 years of age, can be contagious for 10–14 days?

In fact, children can start shedding the virus several days before symptoms first appear. Shedding refers to when the multiplied viruses shed off their lining so that they can enter secretions such as saliva and phlegm.

People with a weakened immune system can continue to shed the virus up to months after the onset of symptoms.

For the latest on flu jabs and cold remedies, visit the Cold & Flu Centre.