The flu that we all dread

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 June, 2009, 12:00am

We all get it. We feel terrible when we have it but there isn't much we can do to get rid of it. All we want to do is stay in bed and pull the covers up over our head. We can't go to work or school and we have to be careful not to give it to anyone else. What is it? It's the dreaded flu!


Here are 11 symptoms of the flu

1 Coughing

2 Sneezing

3 A sore throat

4 Runny eyes

5 A headache

6 A fever

7 Aching limbs

8 Tiredness

9 Feeling dreadful

10 A sore chest

11 A red nose

What is the meaning of ...?

1 runny eyes

a. closed eyes

b. eyes that are full of tears

2 to ache

a. to make a loud noise

b. to have a continuous pain

3 dreadful

a. really wonderful

b. really bad

4 sore

a. attractive

b. painful and uncomfortable

5 dreaded

a. inspiring love

b. inspiring fear

Sentence building

Can you fill in the missing word? All these people have got flu or are talking to someone with flu

1 Can you pass me a tissue, please? My eyes are _____________________.

2 My head _____________________, I want to go to bed.

3 I think I've got the _____________________ flu.

4 My arms and legs _____________________ as well.

5 I don't have any _____________________ .

6 My nose is very _____________________.

7 Have you got a thermometer? I'm sure I've got a _____________________.

8 Please cover your nose with a tissue when you _____________________.

9 Please cover your _____________________ when you cough.

10 I feed absolutely _____________________.


1 Ask someone not to cough.

2 Tell someone you can't stop sneezing.

3 Tell the doctor you have a sore throat.

4 Ask the nurse if you have a fever.

5 Say you have got no energy.

6 Tell someone your nose is sore.

7 Say that your arms and legs ache.

8 Tell someone how many times you have just sneezed.

9 Ask someone if they think you should see a doctor.

10 Ask the doctor if you should take time off school.

Word hunt

Find a word that fits the following descriptions

1 the long form of flu

2 to send out air suddenly from your nose

3 a handkerchief made out of thin soft paper

4 a mild form of flu

5 to send out air from your lungs with a sudden sound

6 to have a dull, continuous pain

7 the part of the body a sneeze comes out of

8 an instrument used to measure someone's temperature

9 arms and legs

10 the part of the body you cough out of


June 3

Bags, bags and more bags: 1. g, 2. b, 3. f, 4. h, 5. c, 6. e, 7. a, 8. d, 9. b

Pick the right bag: 1. b, 2. b, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b

Pick the right phrase: 1. shopping bag, 2. suit bag, 3. shoulder bag, 4. saddle bag, 5. plastic bag

Change the bag!: 1. cool (bag), 2. sick, 3. doggy, 4. toilet, 5. tea, 6. garbage