Is the Stomach Flu Really The Flu?

Stomach Flu

The Center for Disease Control has provided this good description of the difference between influenza and stomach flu. Many people use the term stomach flu to describe illnesses with nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. These symptoms can be caused by many different viruses, bacteria or even parasites.

Is the Stomach Flu Really The Flu?

While vomiting, diarrhea, and/or being nauseous or “sick to your stomach” can sometimes be related to the flu —these problems are rarely the main symptoms of influenza, and are more commonly reported in children than adults. The flu is a primarily a respiratory disease, — common symptoms are:

  • fever (or feeling feverish/chills)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • muscle/body aches

Th flu is not a stomach or intestinal disease.

Flu Shots

Your best defense against seasonal flu is getting an annual flu shot. This vaccine is available at all three Urgent Care Network of Omaha clinics. Find out more influenza information at

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