Ready to Battle the Flu?

Q: What is the flu?

A: The flu is an infection of the respiratory tract. This includes the nose, airways, throat, and lungs.

Q: What causes the flu?

A: The flu is caused by one of two kinds of the influenza virus, Influenza A and Influenza B.

Q: How is the flu different from a cold?

A: A cold typically comes on slowly and flu symptoms begin suddenly. The symptoms of the flu are more severe than that of a cold.

Q: What are the symptoms of the flu?

  •  A high temperature of 100° or higher
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Dry cough
  • Weakness
  • Sore throat and stuff nose (possible)

Q: How long do flu symptoms last?

A: Flu symptoms typically last 3-5 days.

Q: What is the stomach flu?

A: There really isn’t a true stomach flu. The influenza virus typically doesn’t cause vomiting, diarrhea, or vomiting.

Q: What is the best way to treat the flu?


  • Rest
  • Stay home so you don’t expose others
  • Drink lots of fluids to strengthen the immune system and avoid dehydration
  • Use Tylenol or Advil to reduce fever, muscle aches, and headaches
  • Avoid using antibiotics because they have no effect on the flu

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