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  1. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - What Happens

    Influenza (flu) usually comes on suddenly. In many cases you can pinpoint the hour when symptoms started. Symptoms develop 1 to 4 days after you are infected. Classic flu involves fever for about 3 days, followed by a gradual decrease in other symptoms.

  2. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Cause

    The influenza virus causes the classic flu. Health professionals classify the virus as influenza type A and type B, each of which includes several subtypes or strains.

  3. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - What Increases Your Risk

    Anyone exposed to an influenza (flu) virus can become infected. These viruses are contagious and spread easily among people in groups, such as in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters, schools, and day cares.

  4. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Prevention

    Learn about ways to prevent catching the flu (influenza).

  5. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Treatment Overview

    In most healthy people, influenza will go away in 7 to 10 days. The worst symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days. Home treatment to ease symptoms and prevent complications is usually all that is needed. Antiviral medications can be taken to: Reduce the severit

  6. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Topic Overview

    Influenza (flu) is an illness caused by a virus that comes on suddenly, and causes symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat.

  7. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I get a flu shot? Should I take antiviral medicine for the flu? ...

  8. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Symptoms

    The symptoms of influenza (flu) appear suddenly and often include: Fever, which is usually continuous, but it may come and go.

  9. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Exams and Tests

    Health professionals can diagnose influenza (flu) using your symptoms alone if many cases of a similar illness have occurred in the community and if the local health department has confirmed a flu outbreak.

  10. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if your infant has a high fever and you suspect he or she might have the flu.

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