The miserable diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting known as the stomach flu isn’t actually from the flu. “Flu,” is short for influenza, the viral respiratory illness.
The most common viral culprit for the stomach flu? Norovirus, famous for causing outbreaks on cruise ships, schools and nursing homes. In the U.S. norovirus is most active between October and April. This coincides with actual flu season, which may account for some of the confusion.
While you can get many of the same symptoms from eating contaminated food (aka food poisoning), most cases of the stomach flu are passed from person to person. Contact could mean breathing in airborne germs after someone vomits or coughs. Or it could mean shaking hands with someone who is sick, eating food prepared or served by someone who is sick, or touching a surface or dirty utensils contaminated with viral particles from vomit or even stool. Even grabbing your trusty iPhone and then touching your face could provide a convenient entry point for the germs.
Once you have the stomach flu, there’s little you can do but suffer through it, making sure you drink lots of fluids so you don’t get dehydrated (one of the major potential complications of viral gastroenteritis). There is a vaccine that can be given to babies to protect against rotavirus. But for everyone else, it’s all about washing your hands (a lot). Soap and warm water are best, but alcohol-based sanitizers (make sure they’re at least 60% alcohol) will do if you don’t have access to a sink.
Pregnant women, older adults, small children, and anyone with a compromised immune system are vulnerable to more severe bouts of stomach flu. See a provider if symptoms last more than three days or if you can’t keep liquids down for 24 hours.
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