The duration of flu symptoms will vary from person to person. One of the main reasons is because the strength of the immune system varies from one person to another. Some people are able to get over the flu and shorten the duration of flu symptoms much faster than others. However, seasonal flu will usually last at least a few days after it has been contracted. Duration of flu symptoms may be longer than a few days, and can extend up to 14 days. It is important to note what flu symptoms are, so that everyone can take the appropriate steps at the onset of these symptoms. According to the CDC, typical seasonal flu symptoms include: fever, extreme tiredness, body aches, sore throat, headaches, runny nose, a dry cough, and diarrhea and vomiting (usually in children).1
When these flu symptoms start to manifest themselves, it is important to see a doctor and have an influenza test, like the QuickVueŽ Influenza A+B Test, performed to assist the doctor in determining if flu is present. This test can help determine, within 10 minutes, if a patient has type A and/or type B influenza. Getting the QuickVue flu test results may help the physician in prescribing an appropriate treatment. A doctor prescribed treatment regimen may reduce the duration of flu symptoms experienced.
The duration of flu symptoms for some groups of people may be longer if complications arise. According to the CDC those at a higher risk of developing complications from the flu include: young children, people aged 65 years and older, people with chronic medical conditions and pregnant women.2