Flu season hit hard and fast this year.
If you’ve Googled “flu symptoms 2018,” you’re not alone.
But you should probably know that year over year, flu symptoms really don’t change.
Influenza symptoms to look for
If you’re talking about influenza (and not the stomach flu), the symptoms, according to Dr. McGreevy, include:
- Body aches, muscle pain
Nausea isn’t typically a symptom of influenza, by the way. The stomach flu is not influenza. It’s just the stomach flu. Glad we cleared that up.
What to beware of with the flu
Symptoms for children, adults and the elderly also don’t change as it pertains to the flu.
However, the risks are higher for:
- Children younger than 2
- Adults older than 65
- Those with chronic illness or high-risk medical conditions
High-risk conditions might include asthma, childhood cancer or heart disease, among others.
If you think your child might have the flu
High-risk individuals, like those mentioned above, should seek medical attention sooner rather than later.
But there’s no perfect answer for when to visit the doctor.
If you decide to wait a day or so, fever-reducing medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help with high temperatures. Someone experiencing a fever over multiple days should likely see a doctor, Dr. McGreevy said.
That doesn’t necessarily mean you have something to fear, Dr. McGreevy said. Most of his flu patients this year had fevers for about seven days.
A warning: Cough suppressants can also help, he said, but it’s not advised for children younger than 5, as it’s linked to an increased risk for sudden death.