oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Flu vaccines : colds and flu
|Article Title||Flu vaccines : colds and flu|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmacist's Assistant|
|Affiliations||1 Amayeza Info Centre|
|Publication Date||Autumn 2012|
|Pages||7 - 8|
Winter is almost upon us, and with it, comes the usual influx of customers with colds and flu. Influenza or the "flu" should be taken seriously. Flu symptoms range from mild and nonspecific upper respiratory tract infections, to severe disease, with complications such as pneumonia, respiratory failure, secondary bacterial infections, and worsening of chronic conditions such as asthma and congestive heart failure. Deaths from influenza are reported every year. Our best defense against flu is an annual influenza vaccine.
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