flu collocations and examples

 UK /fluː/

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a common infectious disease causing a fever and weakness

Adjectives frequently used with flu
avian, bird, pandemic, seasonal, swineTests showed that 500 people had been infected with swine flu.
Verbs frequently used with flu
get flu: catch, contract, develop, getIf you do catch flu, stay home.have flu: be in bed with, be infected with, fight, have, suffer fromAt first I thought I had the flu.spread or cause flu: cause, spreadFlu is spread by coughs and sneezes from people who are already infected with the virus.prevent flu: immunize someone against, prevent, protect someone against, vaccinate someone againstWill you get your kids vaccinated against the flu?
Nouns frequently used after flu
injection or medicine: immunization, injection, jab, shot, vaccination, vaccineDoes the flu vaccine work?when a lot of people have flu: epidemic, outbreak, pandemicWe cannot prevent a flu pandemic, but we can reduce its impact.virus: bug, virusHow are bird flu viruses different from human flu viruses?symptoms: symptomsI had flu symptoms and was feeling a bit down.

Usage note

To describe symptoms that are typical of flu you can also talk about flu like symptoms: Not having the drug often makes the user feel ill with flu like symptoms.

Nouns + of frequently used before flu
type: form, strain, typeOutbreaks of various strains of bird flu are regularly detected around the world.case: bout, case, dose, touchAfter a bout of flu, you can feel tired for a couple of weeks.when flu affects many people: outbreak, spreadThe government has made plans for dealing with the outbreak of flu in the UK.
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