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What are the symptoms of the flu?


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Some symptoms of the flu are elevated fever, continual cough, fatigue, vomiting, chills/sweating. these may be symptoms of other diseases or viruses but they are common in the flu and the cold.

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Symptoms of the Flu Although each person and each type of influenza can have varying symptoms, the most common general symptoms are:

  • sweating and fever (38-40C; 100-104F)
  • general muscle aches and pains,
  • a feeling of general tiredness,
  • dry, chesty cough,
  • sneezing,
  • running or blocked nose, and
  • difficulty sleeping.
  • occasional nausea

For adults the following symptoms are indicative of more serious complications and you should seek urgent medical attention if you have:

  • difficulty breathing,
  • pain or pressure in chest or abdomen,
  • sudden dizziness,
  • confusion, and/or
  • severe or persistent vomiting.

Babies and small children with flu can also have the following symptoms which should also be followed by a pediatrician or family doctor:

  • lethargy (drowsy, unresponsive, limp or floppy),
  • poor feeding,
  • fast breathing or trouble breathing,
  • bluish skin color,
  • not drinking enough fluids,
  • not waking or interacting,
  • being so irritable that child does not want to be held,
  • symptoms going away then the cough and fever return, only worse, and then fevers with rashes.

Additional related information:

Some of the secondary conditions related to the flu can include bacterial or viral pneumonia, ear infections, and sinus infections.

Complications from the flu can include dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes and/or worsening impacts from immuno-suppressed or immuno-stressed states such as pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, cancer chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy, and immuno-suppressing medications after organ transplants.

Seasonal influenza, often called "the flu", is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and occurs every year. Flu season in the northern hemisphere can begin as early as October and last as late as May. It also occurs in the cold part of the year in the southern hemisphere, which is during the summer time in the northern hemisphere.

The single best way to prevent the flu is to get a seasonal flu vaccination each year. September or October is the best time to get vaccinated in the Northern Hemisphere, but if you have not caught the flu by then, you can still get vaccinated effectively as late as March.
INfluenza usually appears in epidemic forman effects may people at once