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How long does influenza type A last?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The first symptoms of influenza type A, including fever, chills, headache and body aches, often begin to go away after about 2 or 3 days. In some cases, these symptoms will last 5 days or longer. The respiratory symptoms of influenza type A, such as coughing, throat irritation and congestion may last for days or weeks. However, most people are not contagious after about a week from the beginning of symptoms.

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