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I had a sudden fever, body aches, runny nose, sore, throat, and cough yesterday. is this a cold or the flu. two weeks ago i had strep throat. ?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Possible flu: Please get tested with a nasal swab for influenza. You have to take Tamiflu within 48 hours of onset for it to be effective.
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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"During May 24–September 5, 2015, World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories in the United States tested 80,345 specimens for influenza; 1,698 (2.1%) were positive for influenza (Figure). Of the 1,698 specimens positive for influenza during the summer months of 2015, a total of 913 (54%) were influenza A virus"
Oct 9, 2015
Dr. Leah Alexander
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Probably a virus: It is not yet flu season (no reported cases yet), so you symptoms are most likely viral. I would recommend ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain and fever. Most cases of strep throat respond to the initial course of antibiotics. However, if the sore throat does not improve in 3 days or the fever lasts longer than 5 days, you should see your doctor.
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
From the CDC: "During May 24–September 5, data from the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-Like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet) indicated that the weekly percentage of outpatient visits to health care providers for influenza-like illness (ILI)†† remained below the national baseline§§ of 2.0%, ranging from 0.8% to 1.3%." With flu-like symptoms, the risk may be about 1/100.
Oct 9, 2015
Dr. Zachary Veres
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Cold or flu: sounds like an upper respiratory infection, FLU season hasn't really started yet
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 46 years experience
From the CDC: "During May 24–September 5, 2015, World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories in the United States tested 80,345 specimens for influenza; 1,698 (2.1%) were positive for influenza...A total of four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported during May 24–September 5; all were...type B."
Oct 9, 2015

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