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Know Your Symptoms: Recognize the Flu

Recognizing symptoms is the first step in treating and preventing the flu. Flu symptoms come on fast, so if you or a family member have the symptoms below, call your doctor right away.
 

Primary symptoms are:

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  • Fever (100° F or greater)
    A fever occurs when your body temperature increases in response to illness or injury. Your temperature is considered elevated when it is 100° F or greater.
  • Muscle aches
    Body aches that are sudden and unexplained can be a sign of the flu.
  • Chills
    Body chills not related to a cold environment can be a sign of the flu.

Other symptoms you may experience include:

  • Headache
    A headache associated with the flu may appear suddenly and be accompanied by body aches or nasal congestion.
  • Sore throat
    Swelling in the throat can cause a sore throat.
  • Runny nose
    A runny nose may occur, but is more common in children than adults.
  • Stomach symptoms
    Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. These are more common in children than adults.
  • Chest discomfort, cough
    Chest discomfort is often severe with the flu.

This is not a substitute for a professional, medical diagnosis. However, these symptom descriptions may help you understand your symptoms and talk with your doctor or other healthcare professional.

If you think you might have the flu, call your doctor right away and ask about prescription Tamiflu. Tamiflu may help you get better faster (1.3 days)14.

Tamiflu must be taken within 48 hours of your first symptoms.1 Get the facts

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