Do people who have the flu always get sick?
Asked Mar 18, 2014


The flu season strikes every year and getting the flu can stop you in your tracks at the worst of times.

According to the CDC, people who have the flu often run into some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

Interestingly, according to one study, not all people who get the flu have the typical symptoms. This may make it more difficult to prevent the spread of the flu if those infected are not showing symptoms. 

Learn more about this study here:

With this year's flu, one study showed that of the patients who became critically ill, most had not been vaccinated. Find out why:

The flu vaccine is an important step in the right direction towards staying healthy. Talk to your family doctor and pharmacist about the vaccine.

Category - Influenza
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answered Mar 24, 2014
Beth is a pharmacist with over 15 years experience in a broad range of positions in the healthcare industry. She has enjoyed working in home health, retail...
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