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flu:

see influenzainfluenza
or flu,
acute, highly contagious disease caused by a RNA virus (family Orthomyxoviridae); formerly known as the grippe. There are three types of the virus, designated A, B, and C, but only types A and B cause more serious contagious infections.
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flu

Informal
1. short for influenza
2. any of various viral infections, esp a respiratory or intestinal infection
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The flu virus spreads easily, according to public health experts.
Having the flu vaccine gives you flu e injected flu vaccine that is given to adults contains inactivated flu viruses, so it can't give you flu.
Flu vaccines (the flu shot and the nasal-spray flu vaccine (LAIV)) cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination.
Health professionals--or anyone else who has an interest in the flu--who want to see whether flu cases have been reported near them can visit the Flu Near You website, enter their ZIP code and see a real-time map of cases.
There are simple steps we can all take to prevent the spread of flu in our communities, as well as reducing the pressure on the NHS and businesses: ?
Minister el-Gabali also said that nearly 350 people had been infected with modified flu since early October, although the situation is under control.
GPshavebeengivenpermission to start using the swine flu jab Pandemrix to meet the surge in demand from patients for protection.
This season's flu vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2, an influenza B, and the H1N1 that caused so much illness last season.
It was mid-November, and Ellen had not gotten a flu shot.
The flu reinvents itself from year to year through a process in which previously rare variants of the virus supplant once-dominant ones.
But Fielding, along with state and federal officials, advised getting a flu shot, even after Thanksgiving and into December.