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How you can tell if you have caught a cold or the flu

Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, MD at International SOS says its best to get a flu vaccine.

Swine flu: The H1N1 virus. Picture: Gallo Images/AFP

With the flu season gradually setting in you may want to be more precise about the symptoms to better treat it.

Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, MD at International SOS says the common myth that a flu vaccine causes the virus is false.

"Yes some people get a small reaction to the load of the vaccine on board....but its an extremely rare phenomenon. " said by 'Dr Charl van Loggerenberg, MD at International SOS '

The most common strains of flu include Influenza A (H3N2) virus, one Influenza A (H1N1) virus, and one Influenza B virus.

van Loggerenberg says a cold can be caused by multiple viruses differentiating it from influenza which can lead to other complications.

Listen to the audio below to find out more about the risks associated with flu....

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