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influenza

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Definition acute highly contagious respiratory disease commonly called the flu
  • Three influenza pandemics occurred in the 20th century killing tens of millions of people.
  • But before proceedings could get under way, Ruby was admitted to the now-legendary Parkland Hospital for symptoms of the flu.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • 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
  • I told Willow John that more than likely, it was the flu; Granma had said that it was going around practical everywheres.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • I was home sick with the flu.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • "I'm a little light-headed but I think it's a touch of the flu," she said.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Slam!
  • Like I'd had the flu but was better now.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Friday, she had to work straight through—a sixteen-hour shift—because the company was short-handed on account of an influenza epidemic.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Well, dear chap, it's up to us to beat them on the flu, and I've chosen you to represent us in the race.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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
  • Oscar felt terrible; he was coming down with the flu, but he tried to ignore it.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "Yes, but through all of that, I didn't catch the flu."
    Heather Brewer  --  Tenth Grade Bleeds
  • It might have been the flu or a bad reaction to Mom's sloppy Joes.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Crank
  • He had taken influenza, they told Eugene, from one of Daisy's children.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • I was having a big day running, even though I had to have fluids administered intravenously throughout the game because of the flu.
    Tim Tebow  --  Through My Eyes
  • The first thing it did was to spawn a whole Pandora's box of DNA viruses-smallpox, influenza, and so on.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • 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
  • Both of us on the sofa, and I had the flu.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Thcy die of influenza, of consumption, of fevers that no one even bothers to name.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Doc says you'll catch the flu if you don't quit.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato

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