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What To Do if You Have the Flu



What To Do if You Have the Flu
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 6 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.07

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    anti-viral, frequently, roommate, terrible, runny, better, Oooh, spread, during, kill, within, being, stuffy, mostly, fever, coughing


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What To Do if You Have the Flu
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     "Oooh," April moaned. "I feel terrible. Every muscle in my body aches. My chest hurts when I breathe. I can't stop coughing. I think I'm getting a cold."
 
2     "It may be more serious than a cold," her roommate Beth told her. "You might be getting the flu."
 
3     "How can you tell the difference?" April asked.
 
4     Beth told April that colds and flu are very common illnesses. They are caused by viruses that spread from person to person. These diseases make their rounds mostly during fall and winter. Almost everyone suffers at least one cold every year. Many people get the flu, also.
 
5     Then Beth went on to tell the different symptoms of colds and flu. She said that colds might start with a mild sore throat. A person with a cold might have a mild headache, and a runny or stuffy nose. He might get a slight cough after a few days of being sick.
 
6     "You might be a little tired, but you can do most of your activities if you have a cold," Beth said.
 
7     "I feel sicker than that," April said. "I ache all over. I can't get warm, but my head feels hot."
 
8     "Those are symptoms of the flu," Beth told her. She went on to ask April if she had other symptoms of the flu. April said yes to almost every symptom Beth listed. She said she had a really bad headache. Her muscles ached, and she felt very tired.
 
9     Beth took April's temperature. It was 102 degrees. "How long have you felt sick?" she asked April.

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