Causes of Cold and Flu

So what are colds and flu anyway? Viral infections are what cause both a common cold and flu. Viral infections are highly contagious, and usually spread by coming into contact with viral particles that you or your family may encounter on surfaces (e.g. door handles), objects (e.g. toys, tissues) or breathing them in from the air (e.g. after an infected person sneezes). As a parent, that’s why you know it’s important to wipe down surfaces and make sure the kids are constantly washing their hands.

Rhinoviruses are the cause of the common cold and there’s hundreds of variants that have been discovered and they are highly adaptable, making it difficult to develop a vaccine against them.

Cold and Flu Relief and Living Well

While cold and flu viruses are invisible to the eye, there are some steps you can take to minimise you and your family’s risk of exposure. Because as you know, whether it’s you or your kids, being sick with colds and flu is never fun.

To help reduce you and your family’s risk of catching a cold or flu:
✔️ Wash hands regularly with soap and water and dry them thoroughly
✔️ Avoid sharing cups/glasses, dishes and cutlery
✔️ Consider immune health supplements like zinc

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Frequently asked questions about cold and flu symptoms


The common cold usually lasts somewhere between 7 to 10 days.


Yes. Cough is a symptom often associated with both colds and flu.


While there may be similarities in symptoms between a cold and seasonal allergies, you should always follow the directions for use of any treatment and read the product label before purchase. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.


There are some studies that suggest you can boost your immune system to help prevent or combat colds and flu. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.