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Caring for Someone with the Flu

child having his temperature takenHow do I care for the sick person?

Make sure the sick person follows any instructions given by his or her doctor and takes all medicines as directed. You can make the sick person more comfortable by following treatment advice from Flu.gov.

Get medical care right away if the sick person has:


How do I keep others and myself in the home from getting the flu?

Keep the sick person away from other people as much as possible, especially those who are at high risk of problems from the flu. You can do this in your home by creating a sick room.


Take these additional steps to protect yourself and people in your home from getting the flu:







Follow good cleaning practices:


Related Links

The Flu: Caring for Someone Sick at Home
Recognizing Flu Symptoms
Treating the Flu


This article is based on information available at Flu.gov (http://www.flu.gov/symptoms-treatment/caring-for-someone/index.html) accessed November 2012.

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Last Reviewed: Dec 10, 2012