Your Flu Timeline

  • 1-2 days

    Symptoms 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 liquids to replace those lost from sweating. Get lots of rest and eat healthily.  If you are at risk of the complications of flu, you should see a doctor as you may need special anti-viral medicines. These work best if started within 48 hours of flu symptoms.

  • 3- 5 days

    Your symptoms are now at their peak and you will feel at your worst. Continue to drink plenty of liquids 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 liquids and eat healthily. You can return to normal activities when you feel better.