Have you ever had the stomach flu, aka the 24-hour flu? Well, chances are high that you never had influenza, but an intestinal infection called gastroenteritis.

While sometimes severe cold symptoms can be confused with the flu, the same is not true for the differences between gastroenteritis and influenza. The two infections target different parts of the body, which makes the synonyms for gastroenteritis—stomach flu and 24-hour flu—very much misnomers.

Influenza usually infects the upper respiratory system, leaving you with aches, pain, and symptoms in your throat, lungs, and nose. While… more


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