If you are the caregiver to the sick person you play a very important role in their health and their recovery. However, you are at a higher risk of contracting the flu because of your frequent close contact with the sick person. With that in mind, we have some ideas to help mitigate your risk in contracting the flu.
Protecting the caregiver
• Avoid being face-to-face with the sick person
• Clean your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub after you touch the sick person or handle used tissues, or laundry.
• To prevent catching the flu and spreading it to others outside of the home, the caregiver should wear a mask when they leave the home to keep from spreading flu to others in case they are in the early stages of infection.
• The caregiver should also talk to their health care provider about taking antiviral medication to prevent contracting the flu.
• Monitor yourself and household members for flu symptoms and contact a telephone hotline or health care provider if symptoms occur.
• Make sure to always get your yearly flu vaccine. By doing so you are giving yourself the very best protection you can to guard against catching the flu yourself.