Flu without a fever

15 Jan

Flu without a fever?

Do you feel like you have flu symptoms but don’t have a fever and wonder if it could still be the flu?  Well, they have found that people can get the flu without a fever although it is MUCH more common to have a fever with the flu.  In fact, one of the most common symptoms that differentiate a cold from a flu is that the flu tends to have a fever of 101+.  Here are the traditional flu symptoms:

  • Fever of 101+
  • Some type of respiratory symptoms
  • Cough is very common
  • Runny nose, sore throat are also common
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Sometimes (not that common though) – Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (or other gastrointestinal ailments) – these do then to be more common with the  H1N1 type flu

However, what if you have all of the above without the fever – could it be the flu?

They have found that people have tested positive for the flu without a fever, so the answer is YES, it is possible but remember that there are other virus that could have similar symptoms to the flu and the “stomach flu” with the main symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea actually don’t usually have fever associated with it.  “Stomach flu” is also not influenza despite the fact we often refer to it as a stomach flu, it has nothing to do with the true flu.

What if you got the flu shot?  Here is another case where it seems plausible and I believe they have proof of this via testing as well, that one can get a more “mild” version of the flu because you had the shot, have some immunity but not enough to keep you completely well.  So, you might find that you have body aches, headache, extreme fatigue, and respiratory symptoms but no fever and you have a mild version of the flu – you would have been much sicker had you not gotten your flu shot.

Without going in for a test (swab in your nose), it is impossible to know for sure but since others in the past HAVE tested positive for the flu without fever and after getting the flu shot, it is possible that you have the flu!

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