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How to Know if You Have the Flu: Flu Symptoms

October 18, 2019

NARRATOR: Do you think you
or a family member has the flu? Let’s take a look
at the symptoms. People with the flu often have
some or all of these symptoms — a fever or feeling feverish
or having chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches,
headaches, feeling fatigued,
being very tired. Some people may also have
vomiting or diarrhea. Remember, you may have some
or all of these symptoms, and these can range from mild
to severe. [ Sighs ] I had a sore throat, fever,
and my body just ached all over. I so rarely get sick,
but I knew I had the flu when I just couldn’t get
out of bed one morning. To reduce my fever,
the doctor said that I could take acetaminophen,
like Tylenol, or ibuprofen, like Motrin. Oh, and another thing
my doctor said is that I should stay home
for at least 24 hours after I was free of fever without having to take
any medicines to actually lower my fever. So even though I’m feeling
a lot better, I’m staying put until that time. You know, I live alone, so I stocked up
as soon as flu season started. I’m glad I did. NARRATOR:
If you think you have the flu, try to limit the number
of outings to when you need to get
medical care or for other necessities. People who are at higher risk
of severe illness from the flu should talk to their doctor about prescription medicines
called antivirals if they get flu symptoms. These drugs are
an important tool against flu. They can make
your illness milder and make you feel better faster. Remember, anyone who has
the flu, drink plenty of liquids,
stay home, and get some rest. And if you are worried
about your illness or are getting worse
instead of better, contact your doctor.


  • Reply decoweeds June 3, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Contact your doctor??? Now that's funny. Ya might be able to get an appointment a month later

  • Reply mermaidcandy March 4, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Shouldn't you say you have to have a fever of over 101F degrees to be the flu?

  • Reply Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) March 13, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Not everyone with confirmed flu will have a fever. Please visit for more information.

  • Reply Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) March 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Sorry you’re feeling under the weather. Unfortunately, CDC does not provide individual medical advice. If you have flu-like symptoms, please follow up with your doctor.

  • Reply 524ian December 4, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I have 6/8 of the symptoms.

  • Reply Burp Throw December 22, 2013 at 4:01 am

    I have the flu right now and I'm 12 years old so I didn't know at first since I had never gotten it before but now I know because I went to the doctor and he told me. I have a VERY bad cough. No like bad like coughing for 20 minutes straight without even being able to take a breath. I have a sore throat that started yesterday. I started the cough like 3 days ago. I have to take a lot of medicine. I have a sometimes runny sometimes stuffy nose. I have headaches when I started the coughs. Now its not that bad since its been 3 days. I had a fever of 102 for about a day and a half then it became normal then its starting to go back up. So ya.

  • Reply Mountain Man January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I haba da flu! Oh wada I do? Go vomit and poo! All ober you! I haba da flu! My noze full ob goo! I'm stuk in dis bed rite nex to you!

  • Reply His Dudeness March 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    My mother still sent my ass to school with the flu when I was a child.  Now, I have learned to suck it up, drink water, and go to work, with the flu, AND infect my co-workers!

  • Reply MikeX89 April 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Is that guy related to Morgan Freeman?

  • Reply American Bastard May 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I got a sore throat, shortness of breath, and harsh coughing. It hit me real quik.
    Which leads me to belive i got the flu. Usually when i get a cold it takes a couple of days to settle in fully. What i got this time hit hard and quik!

  • Reply tjoebatjoep August 28, 2014 at 9:27 am


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  • Reply Aspie Loser November 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Flu symptoms are just like Ebola has anyone else noticed this maybe they got 1 disease split into 2 I think we should try and fighting Ebola with flu treatment just a idea.

  • Reply Rj Hutchison November 9, 2014 at 7:57 am

    I love how he throws in how he lives alone lol

  • Reply Vegan Nurse Practitioner December 2, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    The symptoms you are describing here are so vague that it could be anything. Almost all colds/viruses even strep throat have 'some or all' of these symptoms you have described either mild to severe. I was hoping for my patients, a better then this from the CDC

  • Reply Ginny McCune December 20, 2014 at 2:53 am

    Great, I have about half the symptoms and I perform in the nutcracker tomorrow!

  • Reply Ed Morales December 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    I have all of those and a fever of 103.8

  • Reply GameBot February 1, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    :50 stopped my flu XD

  • Reply Jose Torres April 21, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Same symptoms of ebola.

  • Reply Ashley Martin May 1, 2015 at 12:51 am

    How about hot flashes and chills?

  • Reply Scientist James May 5, 2015 at 3:42 am

    Not one of those symptoms stopped Michael Jordan

  • Reply MegaMissfitz May 29, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Ive been in the bath since 5.30 this morning trying to stop the shivers! Im still goin to work so im keeping my fingers crossed for lata !!!

  • Reply GuiltyMind June 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Think I have the flu oops

  • Reply Sabrina Oliveira September 3, 2015 at 11:45 pm


  • Reply Edwin Zeferino November 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I got to bad or good?

  • Reply Edwin Zeferino November 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    ooh and olso thx

  • Reply berner November 15, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    My fireplace has a flu. does that count?

  • Reply Omarithegreatest 2 December 20, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Mooom I have the flu

  • Reply Kyrah Tucker February 14, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I Have: Sore Throat cough runny nose stuffy nose head aches stomach aches and worse

  • Reply Jaiden Scott February 27, 2016 at 7:01 am

    I have: stuffy and runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and sneezing.
    dies that mean I have the flu

  • Reply nibble english March 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    The black guy sounds like the Simpsons Dr

  • Reply Gordon Ramsay March 27, 2016 at 7:01 am

    omg I think I have the flu.
    also,I feel like when I get up and sometimes when walking my head feels like it's wobbling.

  • Reply James Corsey April 3, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    tired and body aches little bit of sore throat not major yet

  • Reply True North April 18, 2016 at 9:15 pm


  • Reply Secunda May 21, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Poor kids 🙁

  • Reply scottish memes.c0m May 22, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    If anyone knows what's wrong with me then please tell me im really worried and my parents wont let me go to the doctor. D:

    Everytime I sand up I get really bad headaches, and see black bits at the eage of my vision or white flashes. Also at nights when im about to go to bed my hands get all shaky and I get random rashes on my face or arms for no reason.

    pls help me :c

  • Reply Aria Blaze July 11, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    I swear to god the body ache and fatigue part is the worst

  • Reply Hipster Duckling December 10, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    I had a flu shot but I have all but one of these symptoms

  • Reply Giratina386 January 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Thank you. I was worried that what I have was more severe than it actually is. I certainly do have all these symptoms and shall now take the proper actions to fix it.

  • Reply zolti berta January 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    I tested positive for the flu, despite of receiving the annual flu shot. Don't get complacent
    just because you had the flu shot.

  • Reply mr scream January 31, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I have the flu

  • Reply NeonGamerCrasher February 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Oh no I have the flu man NOOO

  • Reply NeonGamerCrasher February 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I was in pain last night

  • Reply Joshua Messer February 8, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    do you lose your voice too

  • Reply Gloria Husodo March 16, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Cough is horrendous!!!!

  • Reply megzZ April 11, 2017 at 2:29 am

    do i have the flu i've been having trouble sleepig like 2.01am to 2.53 am i have a hot, swollen throat every now ad the a bit of aching in my legs and really bad tummy pain

  • Reply YoBluu October 19, 2017 at 12:40 pm


  • Reply ghath almomani November 28, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Man you know your screwed if you have the flu on a Monday and this happen to me still had to go to school!

  • Reply Tyler 255 January 9, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    I have all these symptoms and am dying

  • Reply Eleanor Lath January 17, 2018 at 3:05 am

    Great i think i have the flu

  • Reply Casper January 20, 2018 at 2:31 am

    A lot of commenters here are claiming to be sick, I'm leaving this page before I get it! Good Luck to you all!

  • Reply Diane Fitzpatrick January 24, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    This is a good public service announcement, you would be surprised how uninformed some of us are. Great tips for getting through it.

  • Reply 3cool2beans1 January 26, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I've been in bed for two days with the flu. I make myself get out of bed and take a shower and even washed my bedding the second day so I can rehydrate. V8 vegetable juice, tea but nothing acidic like coffee is easier on the belly. Theraflu has worked the best for me and a fan next to the bed with a hydrator running so the air doesn't dry you out helps. I ate a bowl of cereal and that's about it for solid food. Always double check if you're planning on mixing meds just to be safe. Just try to take care of yourself and clean up and brush your teeth trust me it helps. take care and hope this helps you out

  • Reply Mack Guttierez February 1, 2018 at 3:03 am

    Am I good I only have 2 symptoms??

  • Reply Blurry face Is dead February 1, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    The only one I have is cough so I could not have the flu

  • Reply Arch Chain February 3, 2018 at 7:17 am

    welp! I guess im not going to school on monday.

  • Reply Tina Brown February 16, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Love the way The CDC has this sweet voice lady telling youu all about how you feel w the flu, What they should be saying here is they are people are dying from the Flu! Seek treatment immediately!

  • Reply Grace Storey February 18, 2018 at 3:35 am

    i probably don’t have the flu but i have so many of the symptoms. i stayed in bed all day and my head is pounding and my throat is so badddd. my body is just pounding

  • Reply Fred Hampton February 22, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Yup, I have the dreaded 2018 flu.

  • Reply Caroline Harris March 5, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    I think I have the flu

  • Reply TheSuns ShiningGrace March 6, 2018 at 8:00 am

    I should also warn folks that orange juice, apple juice and lemon juice is helpful for aflut or cold. But onve you have drunken half the cart of juice dont drink anymore of it or its contamination, like to say you will make yourself even sicket or back sick, when you were starting to feel better, same with water, rinse out your cup with some soap, and tell others that its your cup so they wont drink out of it.

  • Reply TheSuns ShiningGrace March 6, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Soar throat is thr worst. And i was wheezing all day, and night loan, and groaning and moaning.

  • Reply Markus Patients August 27, 2018 at 3:40 am

    The doctor gave me the flu. Why should I trust his opinion, The Dentist also gave me the flu.
    I'm trough with doctors.

  • Reply Andrew CrushFitness September 16, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I'm training to be a firefighter and my test is next week. Should I train or will I have to see if they understand?

  • Reply James Fleming September 29, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    People throw around the word "flu"the way they use "engineer".YOU'LL know if you ever have the REAL flu!
    I totally get why it kills people! It will be 150F in the house and your still frostbit.Entire rivers can't give you enough water.And you'll be twitching and sweating as if you need an exorcist.In my case this lunacy went on for about 3 days.If I had not been fit and reasonably young I would have died.No exageration! It will kill you!
    Am I worried about flu in the future?I've already been to hell.Never went to a doctor.
    Too sick to get there.What do I believe brought it on?The stress of school,marathoning and money problems-basically I had a sign hanging off me saying "have life,need virus".

  • Reply Wandering Unicorn February 12, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    I had the flu shot and have had the flu for about 4 days now

  • Reply chocolate bar 15 April 25, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    1.Having chills
    3.Stuffy nose
    6.Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Reply Exit Zach May 17, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Almost out of school this week. I think I had the flu. We also booked a hotel this week. I found out that I missed a ice cream party and a suprise.


  • Reply Tic Tac June 17, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I got the flu vaccine and have caught the flu a week later

  • Reply Miles Diaz September 14, 2019 at 1:16 am

    I think the worst thing i have is the stuffy nose or sore throat

  • Reply David Meza September 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Well boys I guess we have the flu

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