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How Long Does The Flu Last?

Understanding Symptoms Of The Flu

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Written by Dr. Amy Shah on June 3, 2021

There are very few seasonal illnesses that are as unpleasant as the flu. Unlike a common cold, the flu often consists of aches and pains, fever, chills, cough, and throwing up. Not only that, but many of the common cold’s symptoms are present, too, resulting in a truly unbearable experience for anyone unfortunate enough to get it.

To make matters worse, it can be even more uncomfortable for children and the elderly. Because of this, you want to be sure that your medicine cabinet is stocked with safe and effective flu medication to treat your loved ones.

Of course, preparing for the flu involves more than just medication. You also need to know how long it lasts and what to expect. If your child has come down with the flu, you’ll likely need to make some profound adjustments to your schedule to take care of them.

The flu can last for several days, and is far more uncomfortable than a common cold. You’ll also need to take steps to ensure that you don’t catch it, too, which can be a full-time job in itself.

As an integrative physician, advisor and partner to clean medicine company Genexa, I think it’s essentnial that more patients have access to accurate information about flu symptoms and relief. Keep reading to learn the truth about the flu and what you need to do to ensure your family’s health and safety.

What is the Flu?

The flu, also known as influenza, is extremely contagious. This respiratory virus is caused by one of three different kinds of virus: influenza A, B or C. Like the common cold, the flu spreads from person to person via tiny droplets in the air.

Those who are sick with the flu propel these droplets when they talk, cough, or sneeze. Just being around someone with the flu can cause you to breathe in the virus and become sick, yourself. If you have a loved one with the flu, it’s crucial that you avoid close contact as much as you can.

Since the flu spreads via contact, as well, you need to take extra precautions around people who are infected. When your child comes down with the flu, it can be challenging to take care of them without contracting the virus.

Unfortunately, it’s a common concern that is difficult to avoid. As mentioned, the flu is highly contagious, so there’s a good chance that you’ll come down with it, as well. The good news is that you can better prepare yourself and your loved ones for what’s to come.

First, check out some information about how long the flu typically lasts so you’ll know what to expect.

How Long Does the Flu Last?

Most healthy people who have a strong immune system will fight off the flu faster than others. After first being exposed to the flu virus, you can look forward to fighting it off within about seven days. Your symptoms will typically appear between one and four days after exposure to the flu virus, so you can be infected without knowing it.

If you got a flu shot, flu symptoms may last for a slightly shorter period of time and be less severe. Other people, however, are likely to experience the symptoms longer. And even after symptoms have run their course, there’s a good chance that you will continue to feel drained and fatigued.

Please be aware that some people are at a higher risk for complications from the flu, including:

  • Anyone with a chronic illness, such as diabetes, HIV, asthma, or heart disease
  • Anyone with a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher
  • Adults 65 or older
  • Pregnant women
  • Young children

Those who have weakened immune systems may be at an increased risk of developing pneumonia from the flu. Depending on the individual, this can end up being deadly.

How Do You Treat the Flu?

If your child comes down with the flu, there are a few important steps you need to follow to ensure their safety and well-being.

One is to keep your little one well-hydrated while they are ill. As such, you need to make sure that your child drinks plenty of fluids.

Pain relievers can also help to reduce body aches and pains and make your kiddo a little more comfortable as their body works to get better. Acetaminophen is generally seen as the best pain reliever to give to children.

Unfortunately, many of the medicines on the market today are loaded with unnecessary chemicals and artificial additives that aren’t always great for kids to take. As such, you need to know where to turn to keep your child as healthy as possible, especially while they are sick with the flu.

Thankfully, Genexa makes clean alternatives that contain real inactive ingredients. Their Kids’ Cough & Chest Congestion is a clean kids’ medication that contains the same active ingredient found in leading children’s congestion drugs.

The big difference with Genexa’s products is that they don’t use the unnecessary artificial additives that other companies use. As a result, you’re getting real medicine made clean that works to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Kids’ Cough & Chest Congestion contains dextromethorphan HBr and guaifenesin, effective active ingredients that help fight cough and relieves chest congestion. This medication is ideal for children, as it is made with a great taste that comes from real flavors.

Its appealing taste is made up of organic agave syrup, organic blueberry flavor, citrus extract, non-GMO flavor, and purified water.

That’s it and nothing more.

Administering Kids’ Cough & Chest Congestion is easy thanks to an included dose cup. Just be sure not to exceed more than 6 doses within a 24-hour period.

Children ages 6 to under 12 can take 5 to 10 milliliters every 4 hours.

Children ages 4 to under 6 can take 2.5 to 5 milliliters every 4 hours.

Kids under the age of 4 shouldn’t take this medication. If your child is that young, you’ll want to first speak with a pediatrician. They can help you to better determine the best treatment plan for combating the flu.

As the first clean medicine company, Genexa’s goal is to provide families everywhere with clean versions of common drugstore OTC medications as well as proven homeopathic remedies.

You can look forward to keeping your family safe with the help of Genexa. Join this brand in its mission to change the face of medicine, one medicine cabinet at a time.


The flu is an unfortunate part of life that requires careful attention and care. If your little one comes down with the flu, you now have a safe and effective alternative to help them stay feeling better. With so many flu drugs on the market, you might currently have a whole houseful of different medications.

Only Genexa delivers clean medicine made from real ingredients. By using their long line of clean products, you can rest easy knowing that you are providing your family clean medicines to get better.


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