Common flu symptoms

Most people who get in contact with the flu virus will experience several symptoms. These include:

  • a fever
  • aches and pains throughout the body
  • headaches
  • chills
  • a sore throat
  • an extreme feeling of fatigue
  • a persistent and worsening cough
  • a stuffy or runny nose

Not everyone with the flu goes through every symptom, and the disease state and the symptoms vary by individual. 

The flu and fever

A fever is a common symptom of the flu virus, but not everyone who gets the flu will experience one. If you do have a fever with the flu, it is typically high, over 100ºF (37.78ºC), and it may explain why you feel so down.

Even if you don’t have a fever, treat an instance of the flu seriously. You can still spread the virus and your illness could progress and become a real burden, even if your temperature is not elevated.

A fever from other illnesses

There are many other causes of fever other than the flu virus. Any type of infection, whether bacterial or viral, might cause you to experience fever.. Even conditions like being sunburned or experiencing heat exhaustion can elevate your body  temperature. Some types of cancer, various medications, vaccines, and inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, may also be accompanied by a fever.

When to worry

For most people the flu is unpleasant but not serious. Anyone at a risk group for complications, however, should see a doctor if they suspect the presence of the flu. These people include:

  • the very young
  • the elderly
  • those with chronic illness
  • those with a compromised immune system

Even people who are usually healthy can have a flu that progresses into other serious conditions.  If you do not feel better after a couple of days, see your doctor.

Living in a pandemic era, where the risk of infectious diseases is really important,  we need to be cautious of our health more than ever. FluAI provides you analysis and personal suggestions when you feel like coming down with the flu, or a cold. Download now and start with your free analysis!


Atahan Akgün

Product Management TEAM

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