Before you feel the full effects of the flu, there are a few warning signs and flu symptoms you can watch for. Here are five signs you might be coming down with the flu.
Sign 1: Someone you know has the flu
The flu is contagious. From an errant sneeze on the train to inadvertently sharing a drink with a loved one, chances are high you can catch the flu if you’re around someone who has it.
Sign 2: You’re more tired than usual
Fatigue is one of the earliest signs your body could be fighting a virus. Tiredness caused by the flu virus is typically more severe than the same symptom caused by a cold.
Sign 3: Your muscles are sore
One of the biggest differences between early flu symptoms and early cold symptoms is body aches. A cold virus doesn’t typically cause muscle soreness, but the flu can.
Sign 4: You have a fever
A fever is another early sign of flu. Flu-related fevers are typically 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. However, it’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will get a fever and of course not everyone with a fever will have the flu.
Sign 5: You didn’t get a flu shot
The best protection against the flu is a flu shot. Without one, your body is much more susceptible to getting the flu.
Be sure to contact a healthcare provider if you have questions about the flu or are worried about symptoms.
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