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is the stomach flu the same as seasonal influenza?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
No: Usually the seasonal influenza refers to respiratory infection or lung infection while stomach flu refers to virus that specializes in the gastrointestinal tract that usually leads to diarrhea or nausea or vomiting.
Dr. Ronda Dennis-Smithart
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Seasonal influenza is a highly contagious respiratory illness characterized by fever, body aches, cough as the primary symptoms. Stomach flu, sometimes known as gastroenteritis, is diarrhea and vomiting. The flu shot will not protect you from stomach flu, but will reduce the liklihood of you catching influenza or reduce its severity. Great question! this is a common misconception.

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I have a very sharp pain in my stomach or intestines in mornings. It lasts about 15 min and it ends with a small burp from that area. Please help.?

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