Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

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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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Guillermo “Bill” Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Susan F. Davis-Brown, MD

Brookville Family Care

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