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Flu Tips for Caregivers /
When caring for people who have the flu:
Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If
possible, it is best to spend the least amount of
time in close contact with a sick person.
When holding sick children, place their chin on
your shoulder so they will not cough in your face.
Wash your hands often and the right way. Sing the
“Happy Birthday” song two times or count slowly to
20 as you wash.
If soap and water are not available, use an
alcohol-based hand rub.
Make sure to wash your hands after touching the
sick person. Wash after handling their tissues or
Tips to prevent dehydration
Give plenty of liquids at the first sign of flu.
Sick people with the flu need to drink extra fluids
to keep from getting dehydrated. Mild fluid loss can
most often be treated at home. Yet, severe
dehydration is VERY serious and must be treated in
If the sick person is not eating well, encourage
them to drink liquids. Avoid alcohol or drinks with
caffeine in them such as colas, tea, and coffee.
Older adults and people with kidney problems should
check with their doctor about safe amounts of liquid
to drink when sick.
Offer clear fluids such as water, broth, or sports
Use a squeeze bottle or a straw for people too weak
to drink from a cup. Or offer ice chips or frozen
ice pops to suck on.