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During wintertime, it's not uncommon to hear that people have come down with a nasty cold or are off work with the flu (influenza).
Colds and flus are both illnesses that affect our airways and how we breathe. They are commonly confused with one another because they share many common symptoms.
It’s helpful to know the difference between a cold and the flu, as well as what to do when you or someone you are caring for has flu-like symptoms.
The flu is characterised by the sudden onset of:
A cold’s symptoms are usually above the neck and include:
See a doctor if your child:
See a doctor if you:
If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to see your doctor.
Having a flu shot each year is the best way to protect against the flu and it’s free for certain groups and those with certain medical conditions. Many workplaces offer the flu shot to employees or you can see your doctor or participating Life Pharmacist who can discuss it with you in detail.