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Flu Symptoms

If you do have the flu, you should stay home, follow your doctor’s orders, and watch for signs that you need immediate medical attention. More at the CDC's site External link.

All types of flu can cause:

  • Fever
  • Coughing and/or sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Most people recover after about a week without lasting effects.

Seek emergency medical care if you or a family member has any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Purple or blue discoloration of the lips
  • Signs of dehydration, such as feeling dizzy when standing, being unable to urinate, or (in infants) crying without shedding tears
  • Seizures (for example, uncontrolled convulsions)