Many areas of the U.S. are reporting a decrease in the number of severe flu syndromes over the past week but another threat appears to be sticking around. There are continued concerns that stomach flu may accentuate the end of flu season by accounting for several more hospitalizations and death. But what is the difference between seasonal flu syndrome and stomach flu?
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True or False?
1) The stomach flu only comes from contact with infected people.
2) The flu vaccine you had last fall should protect you against the stomach flu.
3) Like the seasonal flu, the stomach flu should not be contagious after a person has been without fever or flu symptoms for seven days.
4) One of the available antibiotic medications for treating flu syndrome should help me get over the stomach flu faster.
5) Since I had stomach flu last year I shouldn’t get it again.
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