It's at the top of everyone's mind (and every news report): this year's flu outbreak is widespread and deadly.

But how do you know if it's the flu or something else?

Most people who have had it will tell you, if it's the flu, you'll KNOW.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists the following as signs of flu:

  • A 100 degree (F) or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

Colds generally create congestion in the nose and chest, while the flu will more likely cause a dry cough.

Seek medical attention if you experience confusion, difficulty breathing, pain in the chest, severe vomiting, or if your symptoms improve but then come back worse than before.

If you already have respiratory issues like asthma or chronic bronchitis, you should be especially aware of flu symptoms.

Not all flu cases require treatment, but your doctor can decide if medication is necessary.

Let's get through this flu season healthy!

I've never (knock on wood) had the flu, but I've heard from others that it's one of the most miserable experiences you can have. I'll be knocking back the orange juice like it's my JOB.

What are you doing to avoid getting sick? Tell us in the comment section below!