- Three influenza pandemics occurred in the 20th century killing tens of millions of people.
- Finn’s mother had taken an unplanned trip to Boston because his dad had the flu.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory
- I think I have the flu or something.
Lauren Oliver -- Before I Fall
- Thcy die of influenza, of consumption, of fevers that no one even bothers to name.
Margaret Peterson Haddix -- Uprising
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- But change a single protein and you can make it airborne, like the flu.
Rick Yancey -- The 5th Wave
- The bassist, Damien Ghilotti, was in New Zealand, was a studio engineer now, but was happy to kndw that "Puking Sally" was still resonating with the flu-ridden.
Dave Eggers -- The Circle
- "My mother’s afraid I’ll catch the flu," he blurted and ran from the room before she could stop him.
Jerry Spinelli -- Wringer
- Did they have the flu or was it something they ate?
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
- Libby has the flu.
Louise Rennison -- Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging
- I got to start the game at left wing because Nita was out with the flu.
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Edward Bloor -- Tangerine
- I thought it might be the flu, when I could still think, or food poisoning from the pieces of fat.
Gary Paulsen -- Woodsong
- Oscar felt terrible; he was coming down with the flu, but he tried to ignore it.
Joshua Davis -- Spare Parts
- And there was a record made by a camp doctor at a subcamp in Kassel, Germany, that a Daniel LeBlanc contracted influenza in the first part of 1943.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
- Think of this way: When it’s cold outside and your teeth are chattering, you bundle up in a winter coat, and scarves, and mittens, to keep from catching the flu.
Lauren Oliver -- Delirium
- When she got sick with the flu all she wanted to do was talk.
Kaye Gibbons -- Ellen Foster
- For two days I had been in bed with influenza.
Corrie Ten Boom -- The Hiding Place
- Violet felt her oatmeal and raspberries shift around in her stomach as if she had just caught the flu.
Lemony Snicket -- The Bad Beginning
- "Nope, if you’ve got a bad stomach, it’s the flu," said Hobie, grimly, just back from Bigelow with more Benadryl and Imodium, plus crackers and ginger ale from Jefferson Market.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
- When he had seen Mother, he said it was influenza.
Edith Nesbit -- The Railway Children
- The more Spencer stared at it, the more the color made Melissa look like she had the flu.
Sara Shepard -- Pretty Little Liars
- My sisters Inez and Mable in Port Gibson that got eighteen kids between em and six with the flu.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
- It’s always the flu, or exposure, or pneumonia.
Suzanne Collins -- The Hunger Games
- Twice I made myself so sick in anticipation of it that my mother kept me home because she thought I had contracted the flu.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
- We have almost grown accustomed to it; war is a cause of death like cancer and tuberculosis, like influenza and dysentery.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
- It was the same way he’d looked at her when she was eleven years old and had the flu with a spiking fever.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Bones
- He was an only child; his mother had died of influenza when he was two, and though he had wanted to at one time, he had never married.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Notebook
- Filch isn’t in a good mood — he’s got the flu and some third years accidentally plastered frog brains all over the ceiling in dungeon five.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- I rang up her doctor, who came round at once and diagnosed the usual influenza.
Daphne du Maurier -- Rebecca
- Because later in the weekend, little Chris got the flu and threw up all over the backseat.
Randy Pausch -- The Last Lecture
- Second, Bep has the flu.
Anne Frank -- The Diary of a Young Girl
- Hadn’t there been, say, a rash of hurricanes in the months after Leah and I were born? A bad winter nationwide for the flu?
Barbara Kingsolver -- The Poisonwood Bible
- His system was sturdy enough to survive a case of someone else’s malaria or influenza with scarcely any discomfort at all.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
- Danny caught the flu in the last week of March and was in bed for more than a week.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
- There’s so much influenza about.
George Bernard Shaw -- Pygmalion
- A serious case of the flu, pneumonia, a broken arm, even appendicitis.
Stephen King -- The Shining
- It might have been the flu or a bad reaction to Mom’s sloppy Joes.
Ellen Hopkins -- Crank
- This is what Mom used to do when I came down with the flu or got one of those headaches that hurt so bad I used to imagine cutting open a vein in my temple just to relieve the pressure.
Gayle Forman -- If I Stay
- Big influenza epidemic.
Rick Riordan -- The Throne of Fire
- This was because his son died of influenza during the First World War and he still wanted to talk to him.
Mark Haddon -- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
- Once we got going, I started feeling feverish, as if I’d caught the flu.
Rick Riordan -- The Lightning Thief
- My mom keeps bringing me food and I have to throw it out the window—I haven’t been outside in two days, but I don’t know how much longer I can go on pretending I have the flu.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Ashes
- Deacon said the officer has recently been ill with the flu and had been given medication that made him drowsy.
Carl Hiassen -- Hoot
- Mr. Wingfield told me that he has never known them more general or heavy—except when it has been quite an influenza.
Jane Austen -- Emma
- Either that, or he died of influenza one week later.
Amy Tan -- The Joy Luck Club
- It was the first time I’d heard her speak since the junkyard, and I was worried about: how bad she sounded, like somebody with the flu.
Rick Riordan -- The Titan’s Curse
- People expect you to act like one, even when you’ve got the flu and feel like crawling up into a ball and dying, or cursing out the cashier who shortchanged you on purpose.
Jodi Picoult -- Nineteen Minutes
- In actuality Dick was sick with the flu.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
- I’ll just call her up and say you got the flu— RUTH: (Laughing) Why the flu?
Lorraine Hansberry -- A Raisin in the Sun
- If I say that word to you, you think of colds and the flu or perhaps something very dangerous like HIV or Ebola.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
- Scarlatina, influenza epidemics.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
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