Your Flu Timeline

  • 1-2 days

    The symptoms of flu, like sore throat, fever and muscle ache develop quickly and you will feel very unwell.

    Usually you do not need to see the doctor as most flu can be treated at home.  Drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating. Get lots of rest and eat healthily.  People who are at risk of the complications of flu may need to see a doctor as there are specific anti-viral medicines available which you might need. These work best if started within 48 hours of flu symptoms.

  • 3- 5 days

    Your flu symptoms are now at their peak and you will feel at your worst.

    Continue to drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating and runny noses. Make sure you are still getting lots of rest and eating healthily.

  • 5- 8 days

    At this stage, you should start to feel much better although a cough and general tiredness may last for two to three weeks.

    Again, continue to drink plenty of fluids, eat healthily and return to normal activities when you feel better.