Stomach Flu Facts:
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If you have stumbled upon my web site because you or a loved one is suffering from the stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis), you have my deepest sympathy. Yes, there are worse illnesses in the world. But the stomach flu is the worst one that is definitely going to happen to all of us and happens so frequently. It is the second most common illness in the United States1 (the common cold is #1). Most people don't really care if they have a cold, but I think we can all agree that the stomach flu is entirely too awful to be so prevalent. Norovirus is the most famous stomach bug, and the Norovirus GII.4 Sydney strain seems to be causing the most trouble in 2012-20132. However, it is not the only stomach bug going around. I personally know 3 families who have had the stomach flu 4 times during the past year! I have heard from a few families who got stomach bugs 5 times in 1 year. That is the record. If you have been unfortunate enough to get a stomach bug more than 5 times in 1 year, please let me know. In my experience, it seems that most people have no idea how they got the stomach flu or how they could give it to someone else. I believe that if people were educated about the stomach flu, how it is spread, and how long they are contagious, we would not all have to get it so many times.
Why am I qualified to write about the stomach flu?
I have a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and am also a mom with 3 small children. I have gone through several awful stomach flu episodes with my family. I passionately hate the stomach flu. The purpose of this web site is to promote awareness of stomach flu facts so people will learn how to avoid it and how not to give it to everyone else if they do get it. I have provided links to the credible web sites where I got my information. Whenever possible I reference the journal articles describing the actual scientific experiments done to determine these facts so you can trust that this information is accurate. Since most people who hate the stomach flu are also interested in avoiding anything that causes them to be up all night throwing up, I provide information about other causes of gastroenteritis including food poisoning. This is a great place to brush up on your knowledge of norovirus, rotavirus, e.coli, salmonella, and many other unpleasant organisms that you'd like to avoid.
I am not a medical doctor. This information is not intended to be medical advice or replace the advice offered by your physician. If you or your loved one is extremely sick, please call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room.
Please e-mail me your questions, comments, additional facts, and personal stories. I would like people to share their own personal stories so we can learn from each other’s experiences. I’d love to hear from physicians, nurses, researchers, parents, and anyone with emetophobia (fear of vomiting). I will do my best to find the answers to your questions. I will post any interesting comments that I receive on this web site for everyone to read. My name is Annie and my e-mail is phd.annie at gmail.com. I had to write my e-mail that way to decrease the number of Viagra ads that I receive. I hope you understand what it means. I always e-mail everyone back. Anyone is welcome to join the Stop the Stomach Flu Facebook group. It is a closed group which means that all of your facebook friends will NOT KNOW when you post about diarrhea.
--Annie Pryor, Ph.D