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Lauren Schreffler, APRN

Is It a Stomach Flu or Influenza?


I get a lot of questions about the difference between the different kinds of “flu.” Sometimes people mistake symptoms of stomach flu for the viral infection we commonly call “the flu,” but they’re not the same. They are caused by different viruses and have different treatments. The easiest way to tell the difference is by the symptoms: Stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis)               Stomach cramps Nausea Vomiting Diarrhea Headache Muscle aches Low-grade fever Influenza (“the flu”) Fever (usually >100.4°F) Cough Body aches Nasal congestion Sore throat Headache What is the stomach flu? The stomach flu is an infection that happens when a person’s stomach and intestines (also called the gastrointestinal or GI tract) get infected with a virus. Both adults and … Continue reading

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