Are the "stomach flu" and influenza the same thing?

No, they are not. The "stomach flu" is a disease known as viral gastroenteritis and is not caused by influenza viruses. The flu, cause by influenza viruses, is a respiratory (lung) disease, not a stomach or intestinal disease. The main symptoms of the flu are:

  • Dry cough
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat

Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, also can occur but are more common in children than adults.

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1. Can the flu vaccine give you the flu?
2. Are the "stomach flu" and influenza the same thing?
3. Is December or later too late to get the flu vaccine?
4. I got the flu vaccine last year, do I need to get it again?
5. Is hand washing the best way to prevent the spread of the flu?
6. How is the flu virus spread?
7. People get the flu all the time. It's not that serious, right?
8. I hate shots, is there another way I can get the vaccine?
9. Can I spread the flu if I don't have any symptoms?