Influenza (Flu)

Influenza (flu) is an infection, caused by a virus, that makes you feel very sick, often with fever, headache, body aches, and coughing.

People often use the term "flu" to describe a cold or a stomach virus. But influenza isn't a stomach problem (although some young children may have vomiting and diarrhea), and it usually feels much worse than a cold.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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