Cold and Flu Survey

It is no surprise that most respondents develop colds and flu during Autumn and Winter. It's important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. Thankfully 90.8% of respondents know what the difference between a cold and flu is.

Symptoms of colds and flu

  • Vaccination

The most effective and least expensive method for preventing influenza. Vaccination does however not guarantee flu prevention. 16.9% of the respondents got vaccinated last year and 24.6% said they will be getting this year.How can one prevent getting or spreading a cold or flu?

  • Good hygiene -

- Wash or sanitize hands regularly

- Clean all linen, equipment, appliances, eating utensils and dishes with soap and water when used by someone that is sick

- Cover your coughs, sneezes with a tissue

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Conventional treatment

Over the counter medicines and anti-viral drug therapy which aim to relieve symptoms such as aches and fever, and prevent complications. Colds and flu are caused by viruses and not bacteria, thus it’s not recommended to use antibiotics as it could lead to unwanted side effects or become antibiotic resistant in future. However, out of the 36.9% of respondents who saw a GP, 33.8% were prescribed antibiotics.

  • Natural interventions – nutraceuticals help to prevent infection or ease flu symptoms.

- Vitamin D

- Vitamin C

- Zinc

- Selenium

- Vitamin E

- Lactoferrin

- Elderberry

- Green tea

- Beta-Glucans

- Andrographis

- Probiotics

- Reishi

Read more about influenza


In which season of the year do you usually develop a cold or flu?

If you had a cold or flu in the last year, did you take time off work and visit a GP?

Based on the last question. If you saw a GP, what was your diagnosis?

Based on the last question. What was the recommended treatment for your diagnosis?

Did you get any type of flu vaccination in the last year? Are you planning on getting a flu vaccination this year? Do you know the difference between a cold and the flu, when you should take antibiotics, what causes a cold or what causes influenza (the flu) and at which stage you/another person is most contagious?

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