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How long does swine flu last?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The symptoms of swine flu (H1N1), including fever, chills, cough, and body aches, last about eight days, on average. Some symptoms may continue longer than that. However, most people can go back to school or work 24 hours after their fever goes away completely without using medications that reduce fever.

Symptoms of swine flu (also called H1N1 flu) can last for a week or more. People infected with any kind of flu can infect others one day before they have symptoms and five to seven days after they become sick.

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