How is the flu virus spread?

Dr. Lauricella explains how the flu virus spreads. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The flu virus is very contagious. People can spread it to one another from up to 6 feet away, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

When someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks, drops can come out of their mouth or nose and be inhaled or go in the mouth or nose of other people nearby, according to the CDC.

It is also possible – but less likely – for a sick person to spread the flu by touching something that another person then touches before touching their nose or mouth, according to the CDC.

Talk to your physician for more information about how the flu is spread.

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