How Long Will I Be Stuck at Home With the Flu?

The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And the flu season is about to begin!

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to not catch the flu virus, it catches up with you anyway.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants you to know how long you can expect to be down and out with the flu, as well as how long you will be contagious.

How Long Does the Flu Virus Last?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most people who contract the flu virus are sick for at least three to seven days.

However, even if the most severe symptoms might disappear by this time, a cough and a feeling of being tired can last for up to two weeks.

Treatment for the Flu

  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take an antiviral medication, if prescribed.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Take OTC or prescription medications to treat specific symptoms.

How Long Is the Flu Contagious?

If you get the flu, you’re contagious the day before your symptoms show up. After your symptoms emerge, you’re still contagious for up to five to seven days.

So, if you’re experiencing symptoms, be sure to seek medical care and to stay away from others who do not have the illness.

Flu Symptoms

  • Fever over 100.4 F
  • Aching muscles
  • Chills
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • Fatigue

Are you feeling under the weather? Visit AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today for a medical evaluation. No appointment is necessary!


3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Our Mission and Values:

Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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