ARTICLES / General / Caring
for Someone with the Flu /
Keep your loved one comfortable and follow
the recommendations of his or her health care
Keep others in the home healthy by washing hands
and household surfaces frequently.
Ensure that all medications are taken as
Keep your loved one in a separate space from
other members of the household.
Everyone in the home, including the sick person,
should clean their hands with soap and water or an
alcohol-based hand rub frequently.
Get immediate medical care if your loved
Difficulty breathing or shortness
Purple or blue discoloration of
Pain or pressure in the chest or
Severe or persistent vomiting
Flu-like symptoms that improve,
but then return with fever and worse cough
How to keep yourself and others from
getting the flu?
Keep the sick person away from other people as
much as possible, especially those who are at high
risk of complications from the flu. You can do this
in your home by creating a sick room. Keep your
loved one in a room away from common areas of the
house. If you have more than one bathroom, have the
sick person use one and well people use the other.
Clean the sick room and bathroom daily with
household disinfectant. The sick person should not
have visitors other than caregivers. An email, text
message, or phone call is safer than a visit.