IELTS Reading Practice – Sample 23 (GT)

Flu – Symptoms and Treatment

Complete the summary below.

Then, scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS  from the text for each answer.

Symptoms of flu include a fever, a sore throat and feeling 1 ……………….. . When suffering from flu, it is important to get plenty of rest, keep yourself warm and also maintain a high 2 ……………….. intake. You can get advice and medication from your local 3 …………….. or, to obtain urgent help or guidance, 4 ……………….. . This is advisable if you have an on-going 5 ……………….. such as lung disease. An effective way to stop the spread of flu is to 6 ……………….. frequently and it is recommended to get a 7 ……………….. every year to help protect you from the virus.

Reading passage:

Flu – Symptoms and Treatment

The symptoms of flu

Flu symptoms can come on quickly. They can include:

  • a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
  • an aching body
  • a sore throat
  • a headache
  • a dry cough
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • loss of appetite


The most effective treatment for flu

To should get better more quickly if you:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • drink plenty of fluid


Get advice from a pharmacist

A pharmacist can advise on and provide recommend flu remedies. These may contain paracetamol or ibuprofen.

They are formulated to lower your temperature and relieve aches and pains.


Urgent advice

If you need advice about flu symptoms urgently, call 111.

This is advisable if:

  • you are worried about a baby's or child's symptoms
  • you are pregnant
  • you have a long-term medical condition, e.g. diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease
  • you have a weakened immune system, e.g. because of chemotherapy or HIV
  • you're 65 or over
  • your symptoms do not improve after 7 days

This service can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.


How to avoid spreading the flu

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible


Flu prevention

The best way to avoid getting flu is to have an annual flu vaccination. These are available in the autumn ahead of the main flu season.

Contact your local GP surgery or pharmacy for details. They will tell you if you are eligible to receive a flu vaccination free on the NHS.


Scroll down for the answers.


  1.  tired or exhausted

  2.  fluid

  3.  pharmacist

  4.  call 111

  5.  medical condition  

  6.  wash your hands

  7.  flu vaccination

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