Tame Your Tummy Trouble

13 Things You Should Know About Stomach Flu

Got a stomach virus? These germs cause gastroenteritis, which has symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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A flu shot won't help

When people say "the flu" they mean influenza, a virus that circulates the globe each year attacking the nose and throat as it spreads through communities in waves. Flu shots protect against this virus—not ones that cause viral gastroenteritis.

The confusion may be due to some symptom overlap, such as body aches, nausea, and low-grade fever, says Gary Rogg, MD, an internist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City.

But a flu shot won't protect against stomach bugs. There's no such thing as a stomach-flu shot (at least for grown-ups).

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