Swine flu: No need for concern

We are in the middle of flu season (which reportedly starts in May and ends in August) and that means you’ll hear about fighting flu fast from your neighbours, friends, family and even groggy colleagues at work.

Flu types are categorized as A, B or C with some flu strains causing milder symptoms while others leave you very ill.

On Friday, Pippa got a Facebook message from a concerned listener questioning if there had been any reports of swine flu in Cape Town.

She said she received an alert from her child’s school.

The deputy director of the Western Cape health department Mark van der Heever says swine flu cases are expected but there is nothing to worry about.

It has become part of our seasonal flu strain that we see, it is part of our vaccines that we get to administer.

Mark van der Heever, Western Cape Health Department deputy director

We would like to urge the public, flu with any infectious illness can be prevented by washing your hands regularly, personal hygiene needs to be practiced, that minimises the risk of you contracting any illness.

Mark van der Heever, Western Cape Health Department deputy director

He says if a child exhibits symptoms they do need treatment.

If the child is in school take them out for a couple of days so they get some rest. Coupled with some medication the child should be better in a couple of days. There is no need for concern because we have our medication and personal hygiene will minimise the risk.

Mark van der Heever, Western Cape Health Department deputy director

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