While medical experts say the H3N2 strain is mainly to blame for the current flu epidemic, AFC/Doctors Express physicians say that is not the only strain people should worry about. AFC/Doctors Express centers have been packed with patients since the new year and want people to know the difference between the flu and a "stomach bug" so they can determine when it's time to see the doctor and when they can take care of their sympoms at home.
One of the biggest myths about the flu is that is causes vomitting. But the flu is actually a highly contagious respiratory disease and vomiting is NOT on the list of flu symptoms. Our doctors have been seeing several different stomach bugs (gastroenteritis) go around which are contagious infections of the stomach and intestines.
Symptoms of the flu:
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- runny nose
Symptoms of the "stomach bug:" (gastroenteritis)
- vomiting and/or diarrhea
- possible fever
According to new numbers from the CDC, flu activity is "high" or "widespread" in 43 states. And, the past 32 flu seasons have shown that February is the most active month for the flu, followed by December and then January.