The Flu: What Are The Symptoms & When To See A Doctor

Typical Flu Symptoms — body aches, high fever, headache, tiredness, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and a runny nose. Stomach flu main include cramps, vomiting and diarrhea.

When to see the doctor— Typically you don’t need to see the doctor for the flu. With plenty of rest and extra fluids, people recover on their own from the flu within a week or two without any lasting issues. However, some people are at higher risk when they have the flu and need to seek medical attention. Those at risk may include but are not limited to: newborns, people over 65, people with a weakened immune system, pregnant women or those that have diabetes or other chronic diseases like asthma or heart problems.  

You may also need to see a doctor if your symptoms escalate to coughing up blood, high fever, trouble breathing, pain in your chest, or if symptoms persist for longer than a week.