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Take precautions to prevent the spread of germs. Influenza and other respiratory illnesses can be spread by coughing or sneezing.
The following practices are recommended to prevent transmission of the influenza virus:
Individuals with the flu are considered contagious beginning one day before the onset of symptoms (most dangerous period) and continuing for five to seven days after the onset of illness, or until symptoms resolve. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals sick with a flu-like illness stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever breaks. Fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.
Pregnant women should take the same precautions as individuals who are not pregnant. The evaluation and management of flu-like symptoms is the same as for a nonpregnant individual.
For More Information
To learn more about Sharp's services or to find a Sharp-affiliated physician, search for San Diego doctors or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about flu care health, visit Influenza in Adult Health or read the Infectious Diseases News archive.