Dr. Bruce Gellin: Influenza is a contagious
disease. If you’re caring for someone who’s got influenza, or if you’re in a household
with someone with influenza, you should do what you can to protect yourself. Of course
getting a flu vaccine every year will be that frontline protection. But also, ensuring that
that person minimizes the chances that you are infected by having them cough into a tissue,
cough into a sleeve, and having you and them wash their hands frequently, all will help
to decrease the chances that those viruses will spread in your household.