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Is it influenza a cold or stomach flu

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Is it influenza a cold or stomach flu

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									                 Is it influenza, a cold or “stomach flu”?




     Symptoms/           Influenza         Common Cold Stomach Flu
     Description

     Fever              Usually high       Sometimes        Rare

     Chills, aches,     Frequent           Slight           Common
     pain

     Loss of appetite   Sometimes          Sometimes        Common

     Cough              Usual              Sometimes        Rare

     Sore throat        Sometimes          Sometimes        Rare

     Sniffles or        Sometimes          Common           Rare
     sneezes

     Involves whole     Often              Never            Stomach/
     body                                                   bowel only

     Symptoms           Always             More gradual     Fairly quickly
     appear quickly

     Extreme            Common             Rare             Sometimes
     tiredness

     Complications      Pneumonia; can be Sinus infection   Dehydration
                        life threatening  Ear infection




Source: Alberta Government - Alberta Health and Wellness: Seasonal Influenza

								
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