Sunday, April 14, 2024

What are the symptoms of the flu?

The symptoms of the flu (influenza) can vary in severity and may include:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Headache
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than adults)

It's important to note that not everyone with the flu will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity of symptoms can vary from person to person. In some cases, especially in children, symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea may be more prominent.

These symptoms typically develop suddenly and can make you feel very unwell. They often overlap with symptoms of other respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold, but the flu tends to cause more severe symptoms and a higher fever.

If you suspect you have the flu, especially during flu season or if you've been in contact with someone who has the flu, it's important to seek medical advice, especially if you're at high risk of complications or if your symptoms are severe.


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