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The 'Flu' or Food Poisoning? And What to Do About It


January 23, 2020

Renee Sweers

by Renee Sweers, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness

Influenza (often referred to as the 'flu') is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract (the nose, throat and lungs). Common symptoms include headache and muscle aches, fever, extreme fatigue and respiratory symptoms such as cough, nasal congestion, sore throat and runny or stuffy nose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 6 months of age and older get an influenza vaccine every season.

Food poisoning (gastroenteritis) is carried to food or food contact surfaces (such as a pl...

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