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I have sore shoulders and a sore throat - is this the flu?

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Dr. Yale Kanter
Ophthalmology

In brief: Flu symptoms

Yes this could be part of the flu syndrome but one has to keep an open mind depending on how the sore throat behaves.
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In brief: Flu symptoms

Yes this could be part of the flu syndrome but one has to keep an open mind depending on how the sore throat behaves.
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Dr. Yale Kanter
Dr. Yale Kanter
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Maybe, but maybe not

The flu (influenza) is easier to diagnose if one has fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea and maybe vomiting, all starting on about the same day during flu season.
One who has milder symptoms (maybe due to protection from flu vaccine) is harder to diagnose, so the doctor can swab one's nose and throat to do a rapid 5-10 minute test that can diagnose flu a, flu b, and strep throat.

In brief: Maybe, but maybe not

The flu (influenza) is easier to diagnose if one has fever, body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea and maybe vomiting, all starting on about the same day during flu season.
One who has milder symptoms (maybe due to protection from flu vaccine) is harder to diagnose, so the doctor can swab one's nose and throat to do a rapid 5-10 minute test that can diagnose flu a, flu b, and strep throat.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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