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influenzain‧flu‧en‧za /ˌɪnfluˈenzə/ noun [uncountable] medical  MIan infectious disease that is like a very bad cold syn flu
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influenzaDuring this century, influenza pandemics occurred in 1918,1957,1968, and 1977.This system provides direct community influenza morbidity data that are otherwise unavailable.But when she was 6 her parents died in the post-WorldWar I influenza epidemic.She had been married to Nahum Morey for two years when the staid Mrs Deacon died of influenza.The first sign of illness is a malaise no worse than influenza.The other large group of patients seen in an outpatient setting with headache and fever are those with a viral influenza syndrome.Germaine fell ill with influenza and the sessions had to be interrupted.The joy of the end to the war was marred, unfortunately, by a worldwide influenza epidemic.
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