How is flu diagnosed?

A flu diagnosis will depend on the severity of your symptoms and medical history.

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If you are fit and healthy, you do not need to see a doctor when have flu. But if your symptoms last longer than a week, worsen, are combined with other symptoms such as a rash, or if you have an existing medical condition such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia or HIV/AIDS that is making your flu worse, then you need to consult a doctor.

If your doctor chooses to send a sample for laboratory testing to confirm a flu diagnosis, he/she will take a swab will be taken from the throat or nose.

The difference between the flu versus a cold can be difficult to diagnose as symptoms can be quite similar. Generally though, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more extreme. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose and colds usually do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalisations.

Colds come on gradually, and are usually mild enough to allow you to get around and go to work. Flu comes on quickly and usually prevents you from continuing with your daily activities.

How Clicks Clinics can help you during the flu season

Book an appointment for a flu vaccination at a Clicks Clinic by calling 0860 254 257 or visiting Clicks Clinics online. The good news is that most medical aids now cover the flu vaccination and sometimes even reward members. 

Take note that the following people cannot get vaccinated:

  • Babies younger than 6 months
  • Anyone allergic to eggs
  • Anyone who already has a fever
  • Anyone who has shown a past reaction to a vaccine

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To help you ward off colds and the flu, or recover from them, Clicks pharmacists have selected the most trustworthy and affordable products for you to purchase online. These include a wide range of vitamins and supplements and cough, cold and flu remedies.

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