Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

What preventive steps should be taken by a loved one who lives with someone at high risk during flu season?

Dr. Hodges discusses preventive steps loved ones can take if they live with someone at high risk during flu season. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The most important step that can be taken by caregivers or other loved ones who live with someone at high risk during the flu season is getting a flu vaccine themselves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

By getting the flu vaccine, loved ones have done their best to prevent themselves from getting the flu and passing it along to the high-risk person they are in close contact with.

Other ways to help prevent passing the flu to a loved one you live with, according to the CDC, include:

  • Hand washing – Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer to stop the spread of any germs you might have come in contact with
  • Surface cleaning – Get in the habit of wiping down common surfaces, including kitchen counters, bathroom counters, doorknobs, faucet handles, and more, to help keep germs from spreading

Ask your doctor for more information about what you can preventive steps you can take if you live with someone at high risk of getting the flu.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Aaron Block, MD, MPH, Franklin Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Sally S. McIntyre, MD

Belmont Physicians

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Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Guillermo "Bill" Trevino, MD

Miami County Internal Medicine

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