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CJW Doc Minute: How does stomach flu differ from influenza?

October 9, 2019


(upbeat music) (clock ticking) – [Narrator] How does the stomach
flu differ from influenza? – So, influenza is a
respiratory illness, which is caused by
Influenza A and B viruses. Symptoms typically
include fevers, headaches, body aches, sore throat, and cough. It’s transmitted through
respiratory secretions and droplets, and patients
typically develop symptoms within the first one to four days, but the illness lasts up to two weeks. Tamiflu is the drug we
typically use to combat seasonal flu, but also a
season flu shot can help. Stomach flu is a GI illness, which is caused by rotavirus,
enterovirus, and it is a fecal oral route
from improper hand washing. Symptoms include nausea,
vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain,
with occasional fevers. Typically, patients who have
chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart
disease, and kidney disease, need to see their doctor
to prevent complications from their chronic medication.

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