How to combat Colds and Flu with Cambridge Medical Centre

About Flu

The flu virus affects your whole body. Symptoms come on suddenly and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, and stomach upsets. It can keep you in bed for a week or more.

How do I know if I have a cold or the flu?

Having a cold or the flu is common during the short, cold days of winter. We now have COVID-19 to think about as well. A cold is usually a mild illness but the flu and COVID-19 can be serious, so it’s good to know the difference.

Coldsinfluenza (the flu) and COVID-19 all affect your airways and how you breathe. This means they are easily confused with one another. While a cold is not usually serious, the flu and COVID-19 can be. 

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Why It's Important To Get Your Flu Jab

As people in New Zealand emerge from their bubbles, there’s a much bigger chance of catching the flu. With international borders now opening, we’ll see new strains of flu spreading in our communities. Getting a flu jab is your best defence, it helps reduce your risk of getting really sick or having to go to hospital.

The flu virus affects your whole body. Symptoms come on suddenly and can include fever, chills, muscle aches, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, and stomach upsets. It can keep you in bed for a week or more. 

It can give you pneumonia. And in severe cases means a hospital stay – particularly if you’re older, a young child, pregnant, or have an ongoing medical condition, such as heart disease or diabetes. Sometimes the flu can be fatal – around 500 people die from the flu every year, with hundreds more hospitalised. 

Flu jabs are safe to give at the same time as other immunisations. 


Cambridge Medical Centre, 48 Alpha Street, Cambridge
Cambridge Medical Centre

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