Flu Frequently Asked Questions
Flu Testing & Treatment:
Protecting your family if someone gets the flu
- Wear a facemask to prevent the spread of germs – this is especially important for nursing mothers. The flu is spread by respiratory droplets, so coughs and sneezes will be contained within the mask.
- Have one “sick room” for the family member to stay and one sick bathroom – designate one parent to care for sick children.
- Disinfect the sick room and bathroom daily – wash and dry sheets on the hottest settings, clean surfaces with antibacterial products and throw away disposable personal items such as toothbrushes and contacts.
- Don’t share personal items such as towels, hand towels, handheld devices such as phones or tablets, glasses or silverware
- Everyone should wash hands often with soap and water
- Consider prophylactic antiviral medication for the family. In some cases, it may be beneficial for family members to start antiviral medication to prevent the flu. This may be a consideration for those who are pregnant, elderly or those with an impaired immune system.