Infections

Expert reports about Infections


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE FLU (INFLUENZA) DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is the flu (influenza)?

The influenza virus is highly contagious and causes respiratory illness commonly known as "flu". The flu is passed from person-to-person when an infected individual coughs or sneezes and a healthy person breaths-in the virus. It can also be passed if a person touches an item, like a door handle, for example, that was previously touched by an ill person, and then touches their nose, mouth, or eyes. Adults are contagious 1 day before they get symptoms and up to 7 days after they first get sick. Children are contagious for even longer periods than adults.


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