How Long Does It Take to Recover from the Flu

Recovering from the flu usually takes about a week. If flu complications develop it can last even longer. Young children and elderly adults are at a higher risk of developing complications. In elderly adults the flu can be potentially fatal.

Fast Facts:

  • Other names for the flu include influenza or the grippe.
  • A flu vaccine can reduce the risk of getting the flu.
  • Chills, fever, nausea, vomiting, aching muscles, and headache are the most common flu symptoms.
  • The most common time for the flu to occur is during late fall or early spring.
  • Influenza is contagious starting the day prior to becoming sick and as long as five days after first developing symptoms.
  • The flu is spread through contact with droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person when they cough or sneeze.