oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Colds and flu medicine for office workers : colds and flu

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



In 2006, a survey that was conducted among 7 000 employees across 60 South African companies, revealed that 2 877 employees took time off work because of illness between May and August. A total of 1 489 of these employees had influenza, representing 52% of the total population who took time off work. As colds and flu are inevitable, precaution, in the form of practising hygiene and having a vaccination, is crucial for prevention. Having said this, there is no vaccine against colds.

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