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diplomatic flu

1. A feigned claim of ill health used as a means of avoiding or absenting oneself from a political engagement of some kind. The senator's conspicuous absence from the debate was put down to the sudden contraction of a virus, but it is likely just a diplomatic flu so that he will not be forced to address recent allegations of tax fraud.
2. By extension, any claim of ill health used as an excuse to avoid an unpleasant or undesirable situation. Frustrated by her dead-end job, Janet contracted a diplomatic flu to takes some time off and reexamine her priorities.
See also: flu

down with (an illness)

Sick. I've been down with the flu all week and have barely gotten out of bed.
See also: down

blue flu

1. n. an imaginary disease afflicting police officers who call in sick during a work stoppage or slowdown. (Journalistic. Occurs where strikes are illegal.) Another epidemic of the blue flu struck the city’s police officers early today.
2. n. a hangover. He was out late last night and has the blue flu.
See also: blue, flu

brown bottle flu

n. a hangover or sickness from drinking. (Probably from beer, which is often sold in brown bottles.) Wayne had a case of the brown bottle flu and didn’t make the meeting.
See also: bottle, brown, flu
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said 77 million doses of flu vaccine have been distributed nationwide, with a record 110 million to 115 million doses expected to be shipped this year, topping last year's supply by roughly 30 million doses.
Businesses should also investigate the options of employees working at home and consider improving sick time policy to cover eight weeks of a flu wave to leave no financial penalty for people staying at home when they're sick.
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An avian flu pandemic would be nearly the opposite, impacting the workforce in one's own company and throughout the supply chain.
Fortunately for the traveling public, there is substantial information about Bird Flu that can be easily accessed.
Even so, a human pandemic caused by bird flu is by no means inevitable.
Birds are natural hosts to all subtypes of influenza, and serve as a constantly moving, extensive reservoir of potentially dangerous flu viruses.
Just as the flu spreads among people, so, too, does fear of what the flu can do.
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