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What is influenza (flu)?

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract that can cause severe illness and life-threatening complications (including pneumonia). It affects people of all ages. The flu is usually spread by breathing in droplets from coughs and sneezes that contain the virus.

The flu is a seasonal infection that usually occurs from April to September. Flu seasons vary in severity and duration from year to year. In a year of high influenza activity, it is estimated that the flu can contribute to more than 3,300 deaths in Australia.

Even healthy people can sometimes die from the flu. Some Victorians are at increased risk of serious disease and complications of flu, like young children, the elderly, pregnant women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with a weakened immune system or a chronic medical condition.

During 2023, amidst the fourth year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, continued seasonal flu activity is anticipated as borders remain open and interstate and international travel increases.

Vaccination is key to protecting yourself and those around you from the flu.

Symptoms of the flu

The most common symptoms of the flu are:

  • sudden appearance of a high fever (38°C or more)
  • a dry cough
  • body aches (especially in the head, lower back and legs)
  • feeling extremely weak and tired (and not wanting to get out of bed).

Other symptoms can be:

  • chills
  • aching behind the eyes
  • loss of appetite
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose.

Having the flu is even more likely if you have been in contact with someone who already has it.

Diagnosing the flu

Flu and other kinds of viruses can only be confirmed by a doctor after a nose or throat swab has returned positive results.

Difference between the flu and COVID-19

The symptoms of COVID-19External Link and the flu can be similar.

If you are unwell with flu-like symptoms, contact the COVID-19External Link hotline on 1800 675 398 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or your GP to check if you require COVID-19 testing.

The symptoms of COVID-19 to watch out for are:

  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose.

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

What to expect with the flu

Symptoms of the flu can hit very quickly and may last several weeks. A bout of the flu typically follows this pattern:

  • Days 1–3: Sudden appearance of fever, headache, muscle pain and weakness, dry cough, sore throat and sometimes a stuffy nose.
  • Day 4: Fever and muscle aches decrease. Hoarse, dry or sore throat, cough and possible mild chest discomfort become more noticeable. You may feel tired or flat.
  • Day 8: Symptoms decrease. Cough and tiredness may last one to two weeks or more.

What about flu complications?

In some cases of the flu, severe illness and complications (such as pneumonia and bronchitis) can develop. This can result in hospitalisation and even death.

The flu can also make some existing medical conditions worse.

In Victoria, flu vaccination is free for people with a higher risk of severe complications associated with the flu:

  • all children aged 6 months to less than 5 years
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from 6 months and over
  • pregnant women – at any stage of pregnancy
  • people 65 years and over
  • people aged 6 months and older with medical conditions putting them at higher risk of severe flu and its complications:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • chronic neurological conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • diabetes and other metabolic disorders
    • renal disease
    • haematological disorders
    • children aged 6 months to 10 years on long term aspirin therapy.

Speak to your immunisation provider to see if you meet the eligibility for free flu vaccine.

How can I avoid getting the flu?

Getting a flu vaccine every year is recommended for everyone aged 6 months or older. People in the above groups are eligible for free flu vaccination each year under the National Immunisation ProgramExternal Link.

While not 100% effective, the flu vaccine provides a high level of protection and can reduce symptoms in those still getting sick.

COVID-19 vaccinesExternal Link can be co-administered (that is, given on the same day, one after the other) with a flu vaccineExternal Link. Speak to your immunisation provider for advice about COVID-19 and flu vaccines for children aged 6 months to less than 5 years.

Wearing a face mask and practicing good hand hygiene can help to reduce your chances of catching the flu or passing it on to others.

I think I have the flu – should I see a doctor?

Anyone at a higher risk of serious illness with flu-like symptoms should see their doctor as soon as possible.

Most people who are generally healthy won’t need to see their doctor for the flu. As symptoms of the flu are similar to COVID-19, talk to your doctor about testing for COVID-19 infection.

If you have the flu, try to rest, maintain a good fluid intake, and manage your symptoms. This will help you recover and prevent dehydration. Your immune system will fight the infection and symptoms will usually clear up on their own.

If you do need to see a GP for your symptoms, make sure you call ahead first so they can make sure there’s no one in an at-risk group around when you have your appointment.

When to seek medical attention

See your doctor if you have any concerns or are in a high-risk group for severe infection. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain
  • sudden dizziness
  • confusion
  • severe vomiting
  • fever with a rash.

How can I avoid giving the flu to other people?

It is important we all play our part in helping fight the flu and to protect our health system.

Aside from getting your flu shot, follow these 3 simple steps to stop the spread of the flu:

Step 1 – Cough or sneeze into your elbow

If you feel a cough or sneeze is coming on, make sure to cough or sneeze into your elbow. It’s a part of your body less likely to touch other surfaces and will help stop the spread of nasty germs.

Step 2 – Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly

  • Our hands are one of the top spreaders of viruses. The flu virus is carried in almost invisible droplets from saliva, sneezes, coughs, and runny noses.
  • Flu viruses can live on surfaces such as lift buttons or handrails for up to 48 hours and are spread when people touch an infected surface.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – especially if you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or using the toilet. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser containing at least 60% alcohol.

Step 3 – Rest and recover at home

  • If you are sick, rest at home and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid going out, even to the supermarket, where you risk spreading the virus to others. Wear a mask if you need to go out.
  • If you start to experience more serious symptoms, seek medical attention.

Looking after yourself when you have the flu

The best things you can do to look after yourself when you have the flu are:

  • Rest – you will probably feel very weak and tired until your temperature returns to normal (about 3 days). Rest provides comfort and allows your body to use its energy to fight the infection.
  • Stay at home – stay away from work, school and any places where you may have contact with others, especially while you are contagious. The period during which adults are contagious is usually around 3–5 days from when the first symptoms appear, and up to 7 days in younger children.
  • Drink plenty of fluids – extra fluids are needed to replace those lost because of the fever (through sweating). If your urine is dark, you need to drink more. Try to drink a glass of fluids, such as water, every hour while you are awake.

What medications should I take for the flu?

The flu is a viral infection so antibiotics won’t help and should not be taken.

Antiviral medications, if started in the first 2 days after symptoms start, can shorten the length of your illness. These need to be prescribed by your doctor.

Decongestants and simple pain relievers can help you feel better while your body’s immune system fights off the infection.

Tips for buying over-the-counter medications

Follow these tips for buying over-the-counter medication for the flu:

  • Buy a remedy that treats only one symptom – this way you are not taking any substances you do not need, or that may trigger an adverse reaction.
  • Read the medication label and check:
    • whether the active ingredient treats your symptoms
    • possible side effects
    • possible interactions with any medications, (including prescription and over-the-counter, medicines (such as vitamins and mineral supplements and herbal medicines)
    • whether the medication is safe for you to take if you have any health conditions
  • If you are unsure if a medication is suitable for you to take, or if you have any other questions, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They can suggest a medication that is appropriate and safe for you to take.

Useful tips to aid recovery from the flu

Other useful flu recovery tips include:

  • Take simple pain-relieving medication (such as paracetamol or ibuprofen), as directed on the packet, to ease muscle pain and bring down your fever (unless your doctor says otherwise).
  • Never give any medications that contain aspirin to children (under 12 years) unless advised by a doctor. The combination of the flu and aspirin in this age group has been known to cause Reye’s syndromeExternal Link – a very serious condition affecting the nervous system and liver.
  • Antibiotics are not effective against the flu because influenza is a virus, and antibiotics fight bacteria. However, your doctor may prescribe them if you develop a bacterial infection on top of the flu.
  • Gargle with a glass of warm water to ease a sore throat. Sucking on sugar-free lollies or lozenges also helps.
  • A hot water bottle or heating pad may help relieve muscle pain. A warm bath may also be soothing.
  • Use saline nose drops or spray to help soothe or clear a stuffy nose. These decongestants help shrink swollen blood vessels in the nose. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about which medication will be the best for you.
  • Do not smoke – this will irritate your damaged airways.
  • Try warm, moist air inhalation. Boil a kettle, wait a minute for the water to slightly cool, and carefully empty the hot water into a bowl. Place the bowl on a steady surface, such as a table. Put a towel over your head and inhale the warm air in the bowl for up to 20 minutes. There is no need to add anything to the water. Be careful not to touch the water and keep it out of reach of children.
  • Ask for help if you live alone or care for others. You may need support until you feel better.
  • Remember, if you buy medicine at the pharmacy to treat your symptoms (over-the-counter medications), check with the pharmacist to see which one is right for you. Let them know if you have a chronic illness or are taking any other medication.

Where to get help

  • In an emergency, always call triple zero (000)
  • Your GP (doctor)
  • NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
  • Your pharmacist
  • National Immunisation ProgramExternal Link

How Long Should I Stay Home With a Cold or the Flu?

Written by Michelle Konstantinovsky

  • How Long to Stay Home
  • How Colds and Flu Spread
  • Any Time Your Child Is Sick

You’ve been home sick a couple days, and there’s only so much daytime television you can take. You’re ready to go back to work.

But common colds and the flu are very contagious. There are millions of cases of these upper respiratory infections every year. And colds are the biggest reason kids miss school and adults miss work.

If you’ve been sick with a cold or flu, how long are you supposed to stay home, and when should you go back to your everyday routine?

Experts generally agree that it’s best to stay home as long as you have severe symptoms, like a cough with mucus, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or fatigue, because you may be contagious. And the CDC recommends staying home at least 24 hours after your fever goes away unless you need to leave the house for medical care or other urgent reasons.

Also, rest is an important part of getting over any illness, so there’s another reason to take it easy while you feel sick.

How quickly you recover from a cold or the flu depends on how healthy you are. In general, healthy people usually get over a cold in 7 to 10 days. Flu symptoms, including fever, should go away after about 5 days, but you may still have a cough and feel weak a few days longer. All your symptoms should be gone within 1 to 2 weeks.

When you go back to work or school, make sure to cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands often so you don’t spread the illness to other people.

These viruses can develop into serious illnesses like pneumonia in people who have weak immune systems, asthma, or other respiratory conditions. So if you have a chronic illness, your healing time may be different.

Colds are most contagious in the first 2 to 4 days after symptoms start. But they can spread up to a few weeks after that. Your symptoms will usually show up 2 to 3 days after you’ve been infected, so you may not know you’re sick when you first get the virus.

You can give other people your cold just by being around them. Your sneezes and coughs can send virus particles as far as 12 feet through the air where they can land in someone’s mouth or nose or be inhaled into the lungs. Others can also catch your cold if they touch you or something you’ve come into contact with and then touch their mouth or nose.

Like the common cold, the flu is caused by a virus, and it’s likely to spread through coughs, sneezes, or even talking. Those actions can send droplets up to 6 feet away. It’s also possible to get the flu by touching something with the virus on it and then touching your mouth or nose, but that’s less likely.

You can be contagious before you even know you’re sick. The virus usually enters your body 1 to 4 days before you have any symptoms, and you can give it to someone a day before you feel anything up to 5 to 7 days after. And kids are contagious even longer. They can spread the virus for another week.

Some people never show symptoms but can still give it to others.

If your child is sick, it’s best for them to stay home until they feel well again. If they have a fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or any kind of pain, aren’t hungry, or seem extra tired or clingy, they should stay home.

How do you know when to keep your child home from school? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you answer a few key questions:

  1. Does your child have a fever? Fevers of 101 F or more are generally a sign of illness, so children should stay home.
  2. Is your child well enough to participate in class? If they seem too run-down to get much out of their lessons, keep them home.
  3. Do they have an illness like the flu or pinkeye? If you think they might, don’t let them go back to school until you know they’re not contagious anymore. If possible, have them attend online classes.

Check with your child’s day care or school before you send them back to their regular schedules. Many places have rules about how long kids need to stay home. Usually it’s at least a full day after they don’t have any fever without medication.

Here’s what you need to keep an eye on:

Fever is a sign that your body is fighting the germs that are making you sick. It’s a common symptom of infections like flu. If it’s 101 F or higher, wait until your child is fever-free for at least 24 hours before sending them back to school.

Diarrhea happens because of an infection, food poisoning, or medications like antibiotics. It can lead to dehydration, so give them a lot of fluids to drink. Keep your child home until their stools are solid and your doctor gives the OK.

Vomiting is another way our bodies get rid of germs. It’s usually caused by a stomach virus or infection. Keep your child at home if they have vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can go back to school after their symptoms clear up or the doctor says they’re no longer contagious.

Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep your child home. A serious cough could be a symptom of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a warning sign of asthma or allergies.

Sore throats can be a symptom of a common cold or strep. If they have a mild cold, they can go to school. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep them at home for at least 24 hours after they start antibiotics.

Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and a child should stay home for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms include eye redness, irritation, swelling, and pus.

Headaches can be a symptom of contagious illnesses like the stomach flu, flu, meningitis, and strep throat. Experts disagree on whether a child should be kept home. If they don’t have any other signs of illness and feel fine, they can go to school.

Rashes can be a sign of contagious illnesses like chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, or impetigo (a skin infection). Keep your child home until they’ve been diagnosed. They can head back to the classroom after their symptoms are gone and the doctor gives the OK.

Ear infections aren’t contagious. There’s no need to keep a child with a mild earache home, as long as they feel well enough to concentrate.

Mild cold or respiratory symptoms don’t have to sideline your kid, but keep in mind that even if their nose runs clear and their cough is mild, they may pass the virus to somebody else.

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    Influenza incubation period: what it is, how long it can be, what symptoms appear and how to prevent infection during this period. More information on our website.

    Influenza is an acute infectious disease that causes a lot of problems for people, especially during seasonal epidemics. The characteristic symptoms of influenza are high fever, general weakness, headache, muscle and joint pain, runny nose, cough and other manifestations. But how long does it take for the disease to develop in the body? This is exactly what we will talk about in this article.

    To understand how influenza occurs, it is necessary to know that this viral illness is caused by an influenza virus that spreads through the air. From an infected person, the virus is transmitted to other people through small droplets that are released when sneezing, coughing, and even talking. After the body is infected with the virus, an incubation period begins, during which the virus replicates in the body.

    The incubation period for influenza can range from a few hours to 3-4 days. However, most often the symptoms of the disease appear within 1-2 days after the virus has entered the body. In addition, it must be remembered that the incubation period may vary depending on the individual characteristics of the body and the health of the patient.

    Influenza: description and symptoms


    Influenza is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. This virus varies somewhat in its forms and can cause different types of influenza. Influenza is transmitted by airborne droplets and manifests itself in the form of an acute respiratory infection.


    Influenza is manifested by acute pain in the muscles and joints, fever up to 39-40 degrees, runny nose, cough, headache and weakness. The incubation period for influenza is 1 to 4 days. The flu can be mild, but sometimes it causes complications such as pneumonia, which can be life-threatening.

    Different people may have different flu symptoms. For example, children may have more severe symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. In older people, the flu can be more severe.


    Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent influenza. In addition, it is recommended to follow simple hygiene measures, such as washing hands, not coughing when in close contact with people, and avoiding mass gatherings during an influenza epidemic.

    • Ventilate areas where people are present regularly
    • Avoid close contact with people who have the flu
    • Wear a mask when in contact with people who are sick

    These simple steps can help you prevent getting the flu.

    How is influenza transmitted?

    Influenza is an infectious disease that spreads from person to person. It is caused by a virus that is spread through droplets that are released when you cough, sneeze, or talk.

    The influenza virus can also be spread by contact with surfaces that are contaminated with the virus. For example, if a sick person coughs into their hand and then touches a doorknob or other surface, the influenza virus can remain on that surface for more than 24 hours.

    There are several types of influenza virus that can spread from person to person, including h2N1, h4N2, and B. They can cause different symptoms and severity of illness.

    Therefore, to prevent the transmission of influenza, preventive measures must be followed: wash your hands, avoid touching your face, cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, maintain social distance and wear masks if necessary.

    What is the incubation period for influenza?

    The incubation period is the time interval between the moment a person becomes infected with the influenza virus and the onset of the first symptoms of the disease. The average incubation period for influenza is one to three days, but can be up to seven days.

    During the incubation period, the influenza virus begins to actively multiply in the human body, but the symptoms of the disease do not yet appear. At this time, a person is a potential carrier of the virus and can transmit it to other people.

    The incubation period for influenza can be different for different types of influenza viruses and for different people, depending on their age, immune system, and other factors. After the end of the incubation period, a person begins to show flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, runny nose, cough, and others.

    Influenza incubation period: how long is it?

    The incubation period for influenza is the time from the moment you are infected until the first symptoms of the disease appear. The incubation period is an important indicator in the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases, including influenza.

    The incubation period for influenza can vary from several hours to several days. Usually this time is from 1 to 4 days. In some cases, the incubation period can last up to 7 days.

    It is important to note that the length of the incubation period can depend on many factors, including the person’s age, health, and immune system, as well as the type of influenza virus and how it is transmitted.

    It should be remembered that during the incubation period of influenza, a person can be contagious even if they do not yet have symptoms of the disease. Therefore, precautions must be taken to avoid infecting others, especially those who are at risk for developing serious complications from the flu.

    Influenza incubation symptoms

    Influenza incubation period is the time between the moment of infection and the appearance of the first symptoms. This usually takes 1 to 4 days, but can take up to 7 days. During this time, changes occur in the body that cause a number of unpleasant sensations.

    • Weakness. A person may feel constant fatigue and drowsiness, even if he has had enough sleep.
    • Pain in muscles and joints. During the incubation period of influenza, pain in the muscles, joints, bones and head occurs. The feeling of pain can be intense.
    • Increased body temperature. One of the most striking signs of the incubation period of influenza is an increase in body temperature. It can reach 38-39 degrees and be accompanied by chills and sweating.
    • Headache. Headache may come on with fever or be accompanied by a feeling of heaviness in the head.
    • Cough and stuffy nose. Coughing and shortness of breath may occur at the end of the incubation period for influenza when the illness begins to develop.

    In general, the symptoms of the incubation period of influenza are not as pronounced as those of the disease, but they can be very tiring and uncomfortable. At the first signs of the disease, it is necessary to begin treatment in order to reduce the likelihood of developing the disease and help the body fight the virus.

    How do you know if you have caught the flu during the incubation period?

    The incubation period for influenza is the period of time that elapses from the time a person becomes infected with the flu until the first symptoms appear. Usually this period lasts from 1 to 4 days. During this period, a person can still infect others without being aware of their illness.

    How do you know if you have contracted influenza during the incubation period? Symptoms of the incubation period may often be subtle or absent. However, a few days before the first symptoms appear, you may begin to feel weak, tired, and have a headache. There may also be a violation of appetite and mood changes. During this period, you must be especially careful not to infect others.

    If you think you may be infected with influenza during the incubation period, contact your doctor. He can run tests to see if you have the flu in your body.

    In general, it is important to know that the incubation period for influenza can be very short and rapid, so preventive measures should be taken to avoid infection and spread of the virus.

    Influenza spread and incubation period

    Can you infect others during the incubation period of influenza?

    The incubation period for influenza is the time that passes from the moment the virus enters the body until the first symptoms appear. The duration of this period is usually from 1 to 4 days, depending on the type of virus and the state of the human immune system.

    During the incubation period of influenza, it is possible to infect other people because the virus is already in the body and the person is a carrier. But the probability of infection at this moment is lower than during the period of the active form of the disease, since the amount of virus in the secretions of the sick person is lower.

    To minimize the risk of infecting others during the incubation period, precautions such as frequent hand washing, use of masks, and limiting contact with other people should be followed.

    In addition, if you develop flu symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible and isolate yourself from others so as not to spread the infection further.

    Influenza incubation period: can infection be prevented?

    Immediate precautions

    The incubation period for influenza is the time from contact with an infected person until the onset of symptoms. The duration of this period can be from 1 to 7 days. There are a number of simple rules that help prevent infection during the incubation period. First of all, it is necessary to communicate with people with caution, avoid close contact and not share personal items with them.

    Personal protective measures

    During the incubation period of the flu, a person can be a carrier of the virus without even knowing they are sick. Therefore, it is important to follow personal protective measures such as regular handwashing, use of masks in public places, hygiene procedures after visiting public places, and special attention to one’s own health. It is also helpful to consult a doctor and take preventive measures, including vaccinations.

    Comprehensive measures to prevent infection

    It must be remembered that surviving a real epidemic or returning to a healthy state costs a whole range of measures, including: treatment depending on the degree of illness, occupational hygiene with other people, use of medical masks and gloves. In general, if you have any symptoms of the disease, you should immediately consult a doctor and follow the recommendations that this specialist will give you. Only together can we protect ourselves and our loved ones from infection during the flu incubation period.

    What to do if you suspect you are in the flu incubation period?

    Call your doctor

    If you suspect you have the flu, you should contact your doctor. The doctor will conduct an examination and make a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is positive, the doctor will prescribe the necessary treatment.


    If you suspect influenza, you must quarantine. You must stay at home and avoid close contact with other people so as not to infect them. This will help stop the spread of the disease.

    Follow the advice of medical staff

    If you have been diagnosed with the flu, follow the advice of medical staff. These may include medication, fluid intake, diet, and other advice to help you beat the disease.

    • Drink more water;
    • Stay in bed;
    • Limit physical activity;
    • Avoid smoking and alcohol;
    • Save your strength and let the immune system cope with the disease.

    Use precautions

    In addition to following the advice of medical staff, use precautions to avoid infecting others:

    1. Wash hands with soap and water;
    2. Use hand sanitizer;
    3. Avoid close contact with other people;
    4. Wear a mask to protect other people from possible infection.

    Stay at home

    If you have flu symptoms, it’s best to stay at home. Do not go to work, school, shops, or other public places. This will reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

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    How long is the incubation period for influenza?

    The incubation period for influenza is usually 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

    Can influenza be contracted during the incubation period?

    Influenza infection is possible during the incubation period, since the virus is already in the body, but has not yet manifested itself.

    What are the first symptoms of influenza?

    The first flu symptoms may include high fever, chills, headache, body weakness, muscle pain and dry cough.

    How long does the flu last?

    The flu usually lasts 3 to 7 days, but some people may have symptoms for up to 2 weeks.

    How can influenza infection be prevented during the incubation period?

    Avoid contact with people with influenza during the incubation period, wash hands regularly, use masks, and take other infection prevention measures.

    Who is most susceptible to getting the flu?

    People with compromised immune systems, older people, children and pregnant women are at particular risk of contracting the flu.

    Treatment of influenza during the incubation period

    Symptoms and prevention

    During the incubation period of influenza, it is not always possible to determine the presence of the disease, but the first symptoms may appear, such as: headache, cough, runny nose, fever and muscle weakness. To prevent influenza and reduce the risk of getting sick, the following measures should be taken: wash your hands often, avoid contact with people who have the flu, and get regular vaccinations.

    Traditional remedies

    At the first sign of influenza during the incubation period, traditional methods of treatment can be used. For example, you can use a decoction of onion peel, tincture of garlic or burdock. Also useful will be the use of tea or infusion of linden and raspberries, which strengthen the immune system.


    Anti-influenza medicines are used to treat influenza during the incubation period, which can slow the progression of the disease. However, before using drug treatment, it is necessary to consult a doctor and choose the most appropriate drug, taking into account the individual characteristics of the body and the state of health.

    • Do not abuse drugs, as they can adversely affect health;
    • Mucolytics and antitussives will help relieve flu;
    • Room temperature fluid, compresses, or an antipyretic may be used to lower body temperature.

    By following these guidelines, you can reduce the risk of influenza during the incubation period and manage the illness without complications.

    Consequences of influenza if left untreated

    Influenza is a very serious disease and should not be ignored. Without timely treatment, this disease can cause the development of many complications that can be life-threatening.

    • Otitis. The flu can cause inflammation of the middle ear. With incorrect or untimely treatment, this complication can lead to hearing loss or the transition of the disease to a chronic form.
    • Pneumonia. This complication of influenza can lead to serious consequences. Pneumonia causes inflammation of the lungs, which can cause breathing problems. In severe cases, it can even be fatal.
    • Inflammation of the brain and its membranes. Influenza can cause inflammation of the brain and its membranes. This complication is rare but very dangerous. It can lead to a violation of the nervous system and death of a person.
    • Other complications. Some patients may experience other complications such as myocarditis, thromboembolism, or even sepsis.

    In any case, if you have flu symptoms, you should seek medical attention. Medicines that are used to treat the flu can help prevent complications from developing.

    Why the flu is dangerous and how to get out of the epidemic with the least losses — Into-Sana

    Unfortunately, the situation repeats itself year after year: in the cold season, society is faced with an influenza epidemic. During this period, many people around us “fall down” for several days or weeks with a high temperature. In institutions, an anti-epidemic regime is being introduced, and schools often go on forced vacations.

    What do you need to know about the flu in order not to get sick, or at least to avoid complications?

    How you get the flu

    • Influenza is an acute viral infectious disease.
    • The source of the disease is a sick person.
    • Transmission route – airborne, i.e. through the air in an enclosed space.
    • You can get infected through household items.
    • The incubation period (time from infection to the onset of symptoms) for influenza ranges from several hours to several days.
    • Hypothermia is not the cause of the flu.

    The course of the disease

    • The main symptoms of influenza are a rapid onset, high fever and signs of intoxication (chills, weakness, aching muscles, headaches), runny nose, cough, watery eyes. Most often, the fever lasts 4-5 days.

    Main dangers

    • Influenza is dangerous primarily due to its complications, which can be associated with both the virus itself and the associated bacterial infection.
    • Influenza contributes to the exacerbation of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular and endocrine.
    • The risk group for the development of severe forms and complications includes children, the elderly, patients with chronic diseases.
    • In severe and complicated forms, treatment in a hospital is necessary, because. possible damage to the nervous system and other vital organs. You should be alerted if the temperature is above 40 ° C or fever for more than 5 days, vomiting with blood, nosebleeds, fainting, convulsions, chest pain. The most severe complications of influenza are pneumonia, infectious-toxic shock, acute respiratory failure, meningoencephalitis. Damage to the ENT organs, heart muscle, and kidneys is also possible. A number of complications may appear days or weeks after “recovery”. Be attentive to yourself.
    • Fatigue, weakness, headache, irritability, insomnia, etc. can often persist for 2-3 weeks after influenza.

    What to do if you get sick

    • In order to minimize the likelihood of complications, you should go to bed at the first sign of illness.
    • Be sure to drink plenty of water (at least 2-3 liters per day).
    • Symptomatic treatment: antipyretic at high temperature, vasoconstrictor drops for the common cold. Expectorants as needed. Vitamin C has a positive effect.
    • Consult your physician before using specific antivirals.
    • Indications for hospital treatment are: the presence of severe comorbidities, respiratory and cardiovascular failure, prolonged or high fever, impaired consciousness, vomiting, convulsions, bleeding.
    • Patients with chronic diseases (eg, diabetes) often have to increase the doses of their specific treatment due to influenza.
    • A special category of patients are pregnant women. On the one hand, fever and a viral infection in themselves can cause a violation of the development of the child, and on the other hand, not all drugs can be used during pregnancy. Therefore, if a pregnant woman is ill with the flu, she should immediately be hospitalized in a specialized department.

    Influenza Prevention

    • Avoid crowded areas during an epidemic.
    • Use gauze masks when in contact with sick people.
    • Ventilate the room regularly.
    • Moist clean.
    • Wash your hands regularly.
    • Include enough vitamins, trace elements and protein in your diet.
    • Vaccination should be carried out a few weeks before the start of the epidemic.

    Be attentive to yourself and your loved ones, take simple preventive measures, do not self-medicate, and the flu will not become a serious problem in your life.