Is there such a thing as the “stomach flu”?

Dr. Aaron Block discusses whether you can catch the “stomach flu”. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

   

We’ve all heard people talk about having the stomach flu. But is there such a thing?

What people often call the stomach flu is actually viral gastroenteritis, which includes symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, chills, and fever, according to Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians.

So, no, there is no actual sickness called the stomach flu.

Talk to your doctor for more information about whether you can catch the stomach flu.

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