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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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Farber recommends that you discuss with your doctor whether antiviral therapy is advisable if you have come into close contact with a flu patient.
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Cold and flu are sometimes difficult to tell apart, but they are two distinct conditions.
The health official warned that the flu virus could be fatal to humans and could bring severe complications, therefore several steps must be taken to avoid its spread, like covering one's mouth when coughing or sneezing.
The flu vaccine must be taken two to three months before the onset of the flu season to get the most effective immunity.
"The best way to avoid getting the flu is to give your body a better chance to fight infection, and that starts with a flu shot," said Dr.
"Even if you haven't yet been vaccinated and have already gotten sick with flu, you can still benefit from vaccination since the flu vaccine protects against three or four different flu viruses, depending on the type of vaccine you receive," Health Commissioner Dr.
Public health experts say around 15,000 people died from flu-related causes in the UK last year, including complications such as pneumonia arising from an initial flu infection.