South Africa's traditional flu season is the winter months. The young, elderly, and those with compromised immune systems (such has people living with HIV/Aids or TB) are at risk and must have the flu vaccine.
Don't wait for the flu to find you - when the cold weather arrives come in to your nearest Peermed Clinic and have the vaccination. Be well this winter!
Influenza is not the Common Cold
The majority of cases of TB can be managed, treated and cured. If you or any of your loved ones suspect that they have TB, act immediately. The longer TB remains untreated, the more people can become infected.
Is it the flu or just a common cold?
- Runny nose
- Aching muscles
- Sore throat
When you have a cold, you may feel ill, but you can generally get on with your life.
With flu, you feel exhausted and need to sleep a lot.
When you have the flu, aches and pains are more severe than with a cold, and the fevers are worse.
A cold may take a few days to develop, and will generally start with the patient experiencing a runny nose and itchy throat.
The flu tends to develop faster with aches and fever appearing quickly.
A cold will tend to clear up within a week with few, if any, side-effects.
Flu can develop complications such as chest infections.
How to avoid the flu
- Get vaccinated
- Wash your hands regularly
- If someone sneezes near you, turn your head and cover your mouth and nose for a couple of seconds!
- Avoid congested areas if possible
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