Is it “a flu” or “the flu”?

I’m getting THE ONE AND ONLY flu after my wife has had it for almost a week.

During lunch I went to a drug store and bought some cough syrup, two boxes of tissue, and a lotto ticket.

Walking back to work I passed a group of young women smoking at the back of the office building where I worked, and I thought, If only they didn’t smoke. If only what, Jody?! What?! You’re a 36 year old, shy, in-the-midst-of-a-mid-life-crisis fool. Okay, I admit it: I wouldn’t have done anything 20 years ago either.

I’m going get in trouble if my wife reads this.

3 Replies to “Is it “a flu” or “the flu”?”

  1. It’s “the flu” because it’s short for “the Influenza virus”. Here’s an excerp from the CDC website to prove it (if it’s printed there then it must be true, right?):

    “Influenza (commonly called “the flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Infection with influenza viruses can result in illness ranging from mild to severe and life-threatening complications. An estimated 10% to 20% of U.S. residents get the flu each year: an average of 114,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications and 36,000 Americans die each year from complications of flu.”

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