Sunday, April 26, 2009

When is the flu not the flu? | If you're vomiting, it's not flu, say experts: "When is the flu not the flu? When you are vomiting.

That's right. If you are nauseated, throwing up or chained to your bathroom with a bad case of the trots, you do not have the flu. (Young children are an exception to the rule, but more on that later.)

You may have food poisoning. You may have Norwalk virus or one of any number of other nasty gastrointestinal bugs. But you don't have the flu. And you don't even have 'a stomach flu' -- a nonsense phrase that makes infectious disease specialists see red."

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