05 July 2017
female GP sydney

Influenza is NOT a common cold

  What is Influenza?   Influenza is NOT just a common cold. Sometimes when people get common colds, they say, “I’ve got a touch of the flu”.  My friends, influenza does not “touch”. It slams. Within hours, you go from feeling well to feeling like you have been hit by a truck. Influenza is a highly contagious virus which causes severe and potentially life threatening respiratory tract infections.   In Australia, it causes around 18,000 hospitalisations and 3,500 deaths each year. Fortunately, adults are only hammered by influenza about once every 5 years, compared to common colds which average up to...