Why do we get really high fevers when we have the flu?

Natural reaction. Influenza, a viral infection usually presents with temperatures less than bacterial infections; having said that, fever secondary to viral or bacterial infections is the way the body tries to kill off the pathogen, in effect to kill off ("cooking") the virus or bacteria.

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Can you get the flu on the summer? Also can you have the flu even if you don't have a fever? (I rarely get fever unless I'm very sick)

Flu. You may get flu in the summer though flu is not common in summer time. flu is common in fall and winter. Usually flu cause high fever, body aches and malaise. If you don't have a fever, it may be other viral infections or some other medical conditions. . Read more...

I have the flu but I didn't get a flu shot this year. Am I going to be okay? I feel really terrible but I don't have a fever.

Flu Shot helps. Influenza is differentiated from a cold by the presence of high fever, body aches and chills. Also presence during higher prevalence time for influenza. This is the condition which the flu vaccine is available to help prevent. Many conditions are referred to as 'flu' such as stomach flu, or the common cold. All of the above typically run their course in healthy people. If concerned see your Doc. Read more...
Flu. Most people in their 20's recover from the flu without incident, although feeling bad for several days is be expected. Antiviral therapy can help you feel better if started within 48 hours of symptom onset. Read more...

My husband has asthma and is sick with high fever and vomiting could he have the flu and should he go to the hospital?

Yes, see doctor. He could have the flu, and having asthma he could get severe complications. If he feels really sick, he should be seen by a doctor and treated as needed. This year's flu is more severe than last, so if he is confirmed as having the flu, the doctor could give him an antiviral medicine to help him fight it. Read more...
Probably. Probably not a bad idea. People with underlying asthma are at higher risk for complications from the flu. He can get the flu even if he's been vaccinated this year. He may benefit from Tamiflu, (oseltamivir) an antiviral drug, if given within the first 48 hours. Hope he feels better soon! Read more...
Fever. Flu mostly has respiratory symptoms and myalgia are the typical symptoms. If you have high fever and vomiting may have to reconsider the diagnosis, have it checked out. Read more...
Evaluation. Take him to ER for evaluation and treatment. Read more...
Yes. Given the information you provided, your husband needs to see a doctor and going to the nearest emergency room is an option you may wish to use. A flu in a person with asthma can be serious. Read more...
Yes. This years' flu is at epidemic levels and there have been multiple tragic deaths as a result of it. It can overwhelm the body's defenses and with your husband having asthma, he is at a higher risk of having a poor outcome. he should be evaluated ASAP and made sure he is stable. Read more...

I have the flu fever, muscle aches, stuffy nose, and I'm in wi. Where do I get tested to see what vaccine I need?

No vaccine. No vaccine is available and vaccines prevent disease, they do not treat it once it starts. You have a bad cold. You will get better. See a doctor if symptoms persist. Read more...

What to do if I have the flu really bad and I need to get better fast and am wondering if this would help?

If what would help? If you have the flu hydrate well w water, herbal teas, soup or juice. Drink sufficiently to have pale to light yellow urine. You can use pain relievers like tylenol (acetaminophen) or nsaid’s. Rest a lot! in some situations antiviral medications (tamiflu, relenza, flumadine) may be prescribed within the first couple of days of symptoms to hasten healing or they can be used after flu exposure to prevent illness. Read more...

I think I have the flu. What can I do to get better?

Tamiflu (oseltamivir) If you did not have the vaccination... Check with your doc and ask about a prescription of tamiflu (oseltamivir). Your doc can figure out if you benefit from it. My best guess is that it will. Do not wait, the earlier you start the more effective it will be. Good luck and do not wait! Read more...