What can you do about the flu?

The "real flu" is an infection with influenza viruses. Information about the symptoms of the flu, its treatment and duration as well as the difference to the flu-like infection

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Influenza - in a nutshell

People suffering from the flu are contagious for about a week from the first symptoms. Signs of illness can appear as early as one day after infection. The flu usually lasts a few days to a week without complications. There are drugs that help stop the virus from multiplying in the body. They are mainly used for patients with previous illnesses. They should be used within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. An annual flu vaccination is recommended in Germany for people aged 60 and over and other people at risk.

What is Influenza?

An illness caused by the influenza virus is called "influenza" or "real flu". There are different types of influenza viruses (A, B, C). The most common and dangerous is the type A influenza virus. It is spread around the world and is constantly changing, making it difficult to prevent infection.