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A 26-year-old female asked:

After being exposed to the flu at work (i work with toddlers and was in close contact with them) how do you prevent the spread/continued exposure at home? should i shower and change/wash clothes?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Flu prevention: People usually don't get respiratory viruses from clothes but hands and faces of teens and adults have the viruses on them. Treat younger children as if they were covered with viruses. The risk of catching the flu (or coronaviruses) is actually more related to close contact such as caring for family members. Washing hands before touching faces, eating, or drinking, will help. Face masks do help.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Flu prevention: Most important, take oseltamivir (Tamiflu). If influenza has been confirmed as the problem in the toddlers you work with, contact your doctor for a prescription. It's not expensive and causes almost no side effects. Aside from that, if you're not sick or coughing, there probably is little risk to your household members; common sense hygiene (frequent hand washing or alcohol gel) is sufficient.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Influenza: Wash hands often with warm water & soap for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth unless hands have just been washed. Use a face covering or mask when in public. Stay away from crowds. Avoid close contact with family member if you get sick. Showering is fine.
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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Wash hands: Hand washing is the most important way of preventing transmission of most viral illnesses.For viruses and bacteria for which we have a vaccine, such as the flu and measles, just to name a couple, getting vaccinated is extremely important. Although not all vaccines are 100% effective and the seasonal flu vaccine is usually less than that,it can protect you and lessen the course if you still get it.
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Last updated Jun 26, 2020

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