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Flu Symptoms

Influenza, the "flu," is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract that can cause fatigue, muscle aches, fever and chills. The flu IS NOT just a severe cold, but a different infection caused by a different virus.

Get the Basics on Influenza (Flu)

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    Influenza (Flu)
    Flu can be mild or severe depending upon the type of virus, your age and overall health. Flu can affect many body systems, making you feel sick all over.

The Flu Can Wipe You Out

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    Weakness
    Weakness may be subjective (feeling weak with no measurable loss of strength).

The Flu Can Hurt

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    Muscle aches
    Muscle pain can be a sign of conditions affecting your whole body, like some infections (including the flu).

The Flu Can Leave You Hot or Cold

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    Chills
    Chills may occur at the beginning of an infection and often predict the coming of a fever, or an increase in the body's core temperature.

It Might Not Be The Flu

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    Cold Symptoms
    Sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, coughs and sore throat are all symptoms of the common cold. Compare your symptoms to those commonly associated with the cold.

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