What is the difference between having flu-like symptoms and having the actual flu?

Flu-like symptoms. The "flu-like" symptoms of fever and muscles aches can be related to a whole host of things including the early stages of lots of really bad infections. Overall, when occurring in clusters of people during the winter time, it is likely to be influenza.

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I want to know what is the difference between the flu and a virus that has flu like symptoms?

Different viruses. The differences are that they are caused by different species of viruses that can have common symptoms but can have different frequencies and severities of complications. Influenza, parainfluenza, RSV and coronaviruses all can present with identical symptoms. Read more...

Is it true that the flu shot has a lot of mercury in it? Also, any chance it can give you flu like symptoms or the actual flu?

Flu vaccine . Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative. Some vaccines produced in multi-dose vials, have thimerosal to protect against contamination of the vial. Single-dose units are without thimerosal, because they are opened and used only once. The nasal spray vaccine, is also in single-dose units and doesn't have thimerosal. It's possible to get flu-like symptoms from vaccine, but actual flu is very rare. Read more...

Flu-like symptoms and fever for over 2 weeks, what to do?

Needs to see MD. You have been running fever for two weeks and it is not better.I would advice to make an appointment with your doctor and have it checked, you may be having complications of flu like sinusitis, pneumonia etc. Read more...

Hi! I have a questions. I am currently having flu like symptoms and I am also experiencing nausea and constipation - would could I have?

Many possible causes. Your symptoms are most commonly caused by a stomach virus, especially this time of year. But if severe abdominal pain develops, or frequent vomiting, or infrequent urination, or high fever, or no improvement in 4-5 days, then medical care is needed. Frequent sips of fluid will help with hydration. Feel better soon! Read more...

Is a flu like symptoms and achy body could be an early pregnancy?

Probably not. Classic pregnancy sxs begin when period is missed or thereafter (6-8 wks). Sx’s can include: tender /swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting; lack of period; ^ frequency of urination; headaches, insomnia, fatigue. Moodiness, mild cramping, food cravings ; aversions; passing gas; enlarging waist line ; ^ white, milky vaginal discharge. Take pregnancy test to know. Read more...
More likely a virus. And not symptoms of pregnancy. If you have missed a period do a pregnancy test. Read more...

My child almost 5 has up n down high temperature 2days flu like symptoms and swful headache no rash shud I b concerned?

Yes-see doctor! A variety of illnesses can cause this -- please have him seen today! causes range from mild to severe so he needs immediate evaluation. If it's bacterial, he may need antibiotics; if it's influenza, he may need anti-influenza medicine. If it's a common virus, the doctor can tell you what to do for symptomatic relief. Read more...
Yes. Check with your md for persistent fever . I am sure he will find the cause of the fever. Read more...