When should I visit a doctor if I think I have influenza?

When should I visit a doctor if I think I have influenza?


Women who are pregnant, children and adults with chronic health conditions, and adults aged 65 years or older should visit their doctor as soon as they think they have influenza. Early treatment with antiviral medication may make the illness less severe. 

Other people may be able to manage their influenza symptoms without visiting their doctor. However, people who are worried about how serious their symptoms are, people who haven't improved after two weeks and those who were starting to feel better and then suddenly feel worse or develop a new symptom should also visit their doctor.

Use this link to visit the  Health Navigator NZ influenza webpage for more information about when infants, children and adults with influenza should visit a doctor.