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What To Do If You Are Home With The Flu

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By following these instructions you can help limit the spread of the flu in your home and community.
  • The sick person(s) should try to stay away from people who are well. It is especially important to stay away from those who may be more likely to get very sick, like infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, or those with chronic diseases.
  • Sick persons should stay home for at least 7 days from the onset of their flu symptoms or until all symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.
  • If you are sick, think about wearing a surgical mask so that you don’t spread the virus to others. And wash your hands frequently for the same reason – so that you don’t spread the flu to others.
  • Change and throw away masks when they become moist.
  • If the sick person is not wearing a mask, he/she should cover mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing and throw used tissues in the trash immediately.
  • Limit the number of people taking care of the sick family member.
  • Caregivers should wash their hands after contact with the sick person.
  • Keep windows open to circulate air.
  • Keep common area surfaces clean.
  • Do not have visitors while the person is sick.
If you have further questions, please contact your doctor, healthcare provider or where you usually get medical care. You can also find information about caring for a person with flu on the Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s website at www.sccphd.org. You can click on the link for flu information and then onto the Home Care Guide shown on the right side of the page.