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Does the flu affect children differently than adults?

Influenza (flu) affects children differently than adults. In children, the fever associated with influenza is likely to be higher, on average, than an adult's fever. In addition, children more often experience symptoms related to the digestive system, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

The flu does affect children differently than adults. In general the most at-risk populations for serious and possible lethal consequences from influenza are the very young and the very old. Although the virus behaves the same way and the symptoms are similar (fatigue, body aches, cough, etc.) the virus can completely overwelm a very young child's ability to effectively fight it and thus could be much more serious than it would be in a healthy adult.

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