When caring for people who have the flu:
- Avoid being face to face with the sick
person. If possible, it is best to spend the
least amount of time in close contact with a
- When holding sick children, place their chin
on your shoulder so they will not cough in your
- Wash your hands often and the right way.
Sing the “Happy Birthday” song two times or
count slowly to 20 as you wash.
- If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand rub.
- Make sure to wash your hands after touching
the sick person. Wash after handling their
tissues or laundry.
Tips to prevent dehydration
Give plenty of liquids at the first sign of flu.
Sick people with the flu need to drink extra fluids
to keep from getting dehydrated. Mild fluid loss can
most often be treated at home. Yet, severe
dehydration is VERY serious and must be treated in
- If the sick person is not eating well,
encourage them to drink liquids. Avoid alcohol
or drinks with caffeine in them such as colas,
tea, and coffee.
- Older adults and people with kidney problems
should check with their doctor about safe
amounts of liquid to drink when sick.
- Offer clear fluids such as water, broth, or
- Use a squeeze bottle or a straw for people
too weak to drink from a cup. Or offer ice chips
or frozen ice pops to suck on.
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