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The word on the street VS the GP

Contrasting some commonly held beliefs about cold and flu with advice from Dr Georgia Karabatsos.

This week is ‘Talk to an Expert’ week and we’ve done just that. In our latest health expert video, Dr Georgia Karabatsos answers our questions on cold and flu – but not before we could put them to the people.

Comparing responses around what causes cold and flu, best remedies and where information comes from, the variety of answers reinforce recent research into the different sources people get their health information from.

Here are six places people said they turned to for information on how to remedy cold and flu:

– TV
– Internet
– Magazines
– Mum
– Doctor
– Friends in the medical world

Research by the Medibank 24/7 Health Advice Line indicates more and more people are using the internet and social media for health advice, with lack of time, difficulty getting an appointment, being too busy or feeling embarrassed factors for missing a GP visit.

While discussing health concerns with those around you and sourcing information online can be positive, seeking professional advice from a credible, reputable source is important. If you have a health symptom you are concerned about, make ‘Talk to an Expert Week’ a time to make an appointment with a GP or Medibank members with hospital cover can phone the Medibank 24/7 Health Advice Line.

Medibank members with Medibank hospital cover can call a Medibank nurse 24/7 on 1800 644 325

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