Four Things to Know About the Flu
How long does the flu last?
The flu can last seven to 10 days. Most people are contagious before they show any symptoms and until 24 hours after they last have a fever.
Is it too late to get a flu shot?
No, it is not too late to get a flu shot. There are still a few months of flu season left. However, it takes about two weeks for the flu vaccine to become effective and provide protection.
Can I get medicine to cure the flu?
The flu is a virus, so there is no medicine that can cure the flu. There are medications that can be taken within 48 hours of the first flu symptoms that can lessen its severity. Over-the-counter medicines can be used to help manage the symptoms, such as fever and cough.
Is the flu shot 100 percent effective?
The flu strain you contract might be slightly different than what is in the vaccine, but there are still some immunities that can be provided by the flu shot. The vaccine can make it a milder case if you get the flu.