The flu is different from the common cold. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
- Fever (usually high)*
- Extreme tiredness
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle aches
- Occasionally, especially in children, stomach symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea (See “Stomach Flu” below)
*It is important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
If you experience emergency warning signs seek medical attention immediately.
People at high risk for flu complications:
If you get sick with flu symptoms and are at high risk for flu complications or you are concerned about your illness, call you medical provider for advice.
What to do if you get sick:
Learn what you can do to help yourself or a loved one recover from the flu.
The flu is primarily a respiratory disease, not a stomach or intestinal disease. Many people use the term “stomach flu” to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites. Vomiting, diarrhea, and being “sick to your stomach” can sometimes be related to the flu — more commonly in children than adults — these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza.