What are the symptoms and signs of influenza?

The onset is usually sudden, with:

  • Fever
  • A blocked nose and sore throat
  • Tiredness, weakness and a general feeling of being unwell
  • Headache
  • Muscle ache
  • Cough

The symptoms are worse for the first 5 days and usually recover by 10 days. Complications of influenza include otitis media, bronchitis and pneumonia. Children may develop convulsions caused by the high fever (pyrexial fits).

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