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How Long Does the Flu Last?

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  • Influenza, aka flu, affects 5 to 20 percent of the American population yearly during the fall and winter. This translates to about $10.4 billion in medical expenses annually
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), influenza viruses A, B and C can cause flu infection in humans
  • You may start feeling sick one to four days after exposure to the virus. The illness may last for as long as five to seven days before recovery begins. Milder symptoms, such as fatigue and colds, may persist for a few days, usually less than two weeks

Together with the cold weather, fall and winter also beckon flu season, with many people coughing and sneezing wherever you turn. Flu or influenza affects 5 to 20 percent of the American population every year, which translates to roughly $10.4 billion in medical expenses annually. Aside from the monetary costs, influenza season also means missed school days and workdays.


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