Signs and Symptoms

Flu - Signs and Symptoms

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Although the flu and a common cold have similar symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing and a runny or stuffy nose, the flu tends to be more severe. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, make an appointment with your primary care physician to determine whether or not you have the flu.

Flu symptoms may include:

  • A 100 degree or higher fever or feeling feverish
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

If you have the emergency warning signs of flu sickness, you should go to the emergency room.

In infants, these signs include:

  • Being unable to eat
  • Trouble breathing
  • No tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

In children, these signs include:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency flu signs include:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

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Source: CDC.Gov