By Rachael Vorwerk,
2 Aug, 2017
Does getting a flu shot make you sick? Can exercise help you get over your cold faster? Our quiz will help you sort fact from fiction.
3rd August 2017 at 5:40 pm
Never too old to learn something
3rd August 2017 at 3:16 pm
Great I enjoyed completing this, but contrary to your experts say there is definitely “A MAN FLU’ especially if he know he can get extra attention!!
3rd August 2017 at 2:22 pm
Relenza shortens the duration of symptoms of ‘the flu’ by about half a day according to the Cochrane Reviews library, which barely qualifies as a cure in my book.
4th August 2017 at 3:54 pm
Thanks for your feedback! Relenza shortens the duration and severity of flu by a small amount in otherwise healthy adults. That’s the case for otherwise healthy adults exposed to a normal seasonal flu – so unless you have a time-pressure job (like a barrister who has to make a court appearance) it’s probably not worth taking Relenza. However, for the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and immune-compromised individuals (e.g. through AIDS or cancer medication), the flu can be life-threatening. In these cases Relenza is a good idea because it’s not just shortening the duration but possibly saving their life. Also for front-line health workers who come in contact with a new and dangerous influenza it’s very worthwhile to have a flu drug like Relenza available.
We’ve updated the question in the quiz to make it clearer and provide more clarification.
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3rd August 2017 at 2:10 pm
Very interesting quiz! Are there any other old wive’s tales re catching a cold?
4th August 2017 at 3:55 pm
Hi there, thanks for your question and for taking the time to do our quiz! Some even say that 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey every morning is great, rub Vix on the chest and back, or putting onions in your socks! The list is never ending!
3rd August 2017 at 1:14 pm
How come I’ve never heard of Relenza, only the controversial Tamiflu.