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Three influenza pandemics occurred in the 20th century killing tens of millions of people.
  acute highly contagious respiratory disease commonly called "the flu"
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influenza the flu
Influenza is caused by RNA viruses that affect birds and mammals. The viruses mutate and spread around the world in seasonal epidemics — which is why the flu vaccine is changed each year.
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  • 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.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine

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  • 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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