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Is the Stomach Flu Contagious?

Is the Stomach Flu Contagious?

Is the Stomach Flu Contagious? Yes, the stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is contagious. This condition can be caused by one of two viruses – norovirus or rotavirus – and your contagious period may vary depending on which virus is to blame. Regardless, it’s best to stay inside and get plenty of rest while you are dealing with your illness. Take as much time off from work or school as you can, because you may still be contagious for a few days after your symptoms go away. This is particularly important if you work or study in a healthcare setting or around children or seniors.

Stomach flu treatment at Fast Track Urgent Care

Fast Track Urgent Care in Silver Spring and Kensington, Maryland, provides stomach flu treatment every day on a walk-in basis. While the stomach flu can’t be cured with a pill, there are several steps we can take to address dehydration and help reduce symptoms like nausea and diarrhea. It is especially important to visit us if:

  • You are displaying the symptoms of dehydration, including dark yellow urine, dizziness, weakness, dry mouth, and excessive thirst
  • You have been vomiting for two days or longer
  • You have blood in your bowel movements or vomit
  • You have a fever higher than 104 degrees (102 degrees for children)
  • You haven’t been able to keep liquids down for 24 hours

Visit Fast Track Urgent Care today if it’s time to seek treatment for your stomach flu. Our immediate care clinics accept most major health insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield.