Facts About Fevers & Flu

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By News Team on November 20, 2019

True or false: You are no longer contagious with the flu once your fever breaks.

The answer is false.

Usually, you are still contagious for about five to seven days after your symptoms start to improve.

This is especially true when you take medications such as ibuprofen, which can relieve your fever while the virus is still quite active. 

According to influenza surveillance from the Virginia Department of Health, flu activity is higher this year compared to last year. If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, now is the time!

Carilion Clinic offers several options for getting your flu vaccine:

Visit CarilionClinic.org/flu to sort fact from fiction when it comes to symptoms.