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Flu Information for Families and Caregivers of Cancer Patients and Survivors

Do Your Part to Stop the Spread of Flu at Home

This video shows simple things you can do at home to help protect your family from getting sick.

Cancer patients and survivors are at higher risk for complications from the flu. So it’s important for their caregivers and family members to take steps to prevent flu from spreading.

Vacúnese contra la influenza

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vacunarse each year. Get a flu shot every year, and encourage your loved one with cancer to get one, too.

Help Stop the Spread of Germs

People with flu can spread it to others up to about six feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are diseminar mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or be inhaled into their lungs. Siendo algo poco frecuente, una persona también puede llegar a contraer la influenza si toca una superficie o un objeto contaminado con el virus de la influenza y se toca luego la boca o la nariz.

Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning the day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after becoming sick. Esto quiere decir que usted puede contagiar la influenza a otra persona antes de saber que está enfermo y también mientras lo está.

Ayuda stop the spread of germs by—

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer often.

Tips for Caring for a Cancer Patient or Survivor with the Flu

If you are caring for a cancer patient or survivor who has the flu, please visit Cuidar a una persona enferma for detailed information about how to care for the sick person while avoiding getting sick yourself.

If you have a child with cancer, read Flu: A Guide for Parents of Children or Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions. [PDF-164KB]