Although strep throat and flu may appear to be the same condition, they are not. A virus causes the flu, while bacteria cause strep throat.

Strep Throat

Strep throat is a type of pharyngitis caused by a bacterium known as group A Streptococcus (GAS). Antibiotics are used to treat strep throat.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection that can quickly transfer from one person to another. Fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands in the neck are common symptoms of strep throat. If your kid has strep throat or another bacterial infection, he or she should stay at home for at least 24 hours after receiving an antibiotic and receiving clearance from your health care practitioner to return to school.

Flu Symptoms

“Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What Causes the Flu?

Influenza viruses infect the nose, throat, and lungs, causing the flu. These viruses spread when persons who have the flu breathe, cough, or sneeze spreading virus-laden droplets into the air and perhaps into the noses or mouths of those around. You can also catch the flu by touching a surface or object that carries the virus and then touching your eyes, lips, or nose.

Influenza is a very serious illness for anyone at high risk.

How to avoid strep throat and flu?

The best ways to avoid strep throat and flu are to wash your hands frequently, avoid sick people, Consult a physician if you develop flu symptoms, and get a flu shot before flu season begins! Flu season (fall in winter months, peaking in late November) is the most dangerous time of year to catch the flu. This flu season, remember to get your flu shot and wash your hands. Remember, the flu does not develop into strep throat!