How Long Does
the Flu Last?
What is the flu?
Influenza is the proper name for the
flu. It is an acute (short-term)
viral infection of the upper respiratory tract (nose, throat, sinuses
and bronchial tubes). It causes more health problems than the common cold.
flu causes serious health complications and is responsible for 20,000
deaths in the United States every year (mostly in people older than 65
years old). The flu season typically runs from November to April.
long does the flu last?
It's difficult to give you the answer as to how long the flu last.
Different people are at different levels of health and their
immune system's ability to respond to viruses varies.
However, here's what the typical person would experience.
||How Long Does the Flu Last?
||You caught the flu viral. Incubation period
can be as short as 24 hours.
||You start to show signs and symptoms of the
flu (see table below for the list of symptoms) and experience fever.
Most people will have a fever for 2 to 4 days.
|4 - 7
||You may continue to have symptoms but they
will become less severe. Many people would be able to return to work if
they are free from fever for more than 24 hours (without use
|7 - 10
|| The majority of people will be able to
return to their normal daily activities.
||Only a small minority of people will need
to stay home because of the symptoms that are still present.
The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) highly recommends that people with
the flu stay home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever.
This will avoid spreading the virus to other people.
are the symptoms of the flu?
When you get the flu, the symptoms usually come
and typically include the following:
|Flu (Influenza) Symptoms
throat, congestion and body
|Sudden onset of severe aching, pain and
|High fever and chills (as high as 40o
C or 104o F)
|Severe fatigue and discomfort requiring bed
Boosting the immune system allows your own natural defense to
better fight off the flu virus. Many of these remedies work by
preventing the virus from
multiplying or they stimulate your immune system to help it better
fight off the virus.
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