Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

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

What steps should be taken to keep family members healthy if one person in the home becomes ill with the flu?

Dr. Lauricella discusses the difference between the flu and pneumonia. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


If one person in your house has the flu, it’s important to take steps to try to prevent others from getting it also.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOff Site Icon (HHS) recommends taking the following steps to help stop the spread of the flu:

  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough and throw the tissue away
  • Have good health habits, such as getting plenty of sleep, eating healthy food, exercising, managing stress and drinking plenty of fluids
  • Keep the sick person home for at least 24 hours after a fever has gone away without using any medication
  • Limit contact with the sick person as much as possible
  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub when soap and water are not available
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

Also, make sure everyone in the house has gotten a flu shot to help protect against the flu.

Talk to your doctor for more information about keeping the whole family healthy once one person has the flu.

Learn more:

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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