When is long-term monitoring indicated following treatment of influenza?

Updated: Apr 23, 2019
  • Author: Hien H Nguyen, MD, MS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most patients with influenza recover in 3 days; however, malaise may persist for weeks. Patients who do not improve should return for further evaluation.

Patients diagnosed with influenza should be educated about potential complications and encouraged to return for evaluation if concerned. This is especially true of patients with underlying chronic disease or those who are immunocompromised.


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