Are you concerned you might have the flu? Wondering what the 2014 flu symptoms are?
Flu symptoms for the 2014 flu season are not significantly different than flu symptoms in past years.
They may include:
- Fever and Chills
- Body aches
- Vomiting or Diarrhea (more common in children)
These symptoms can all be caused by other illnesses as well so just because you are experiencing some of them, does not mean you have the flu. People who have the actual flu (influenza) typically describe it as feeling like they "got hit by a truck". Symptoms of the flu come on quickly and can linger for a week or more.
If you are feeling a little run down and sick, you could have any number of other illnesses, but if you are still going about your day and able to work, go to school or do your other daily activities, it's pretty unlikely that you have the actual flu.
Not Sure If It's the Flu?
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The best (and really only) way to determine whether or not you have the flu is to see your health care provider. They can assess your symptoms, talk to you about how you are feeling and perform any necessary tests to decide if you have influenza or something else.
What to Expect This Flu Season
In general, most flu seasons are similar. The number of people that get the flu varies from year to year and in some seasons the strain of influenza that circulates may be worse than other years. But the symptoms of the flu usually stay the same from year to year.
If you are curious what flu activity is like in your area, see our guide to Flu Activity by State. We have links to the CDC's weekly FluView report, Google Flu Trends and state health departments.
You may also want to download the Flu Near You app or check out their website to see how they are tracking the flu through crowdsourcing.