Flu Information for Families and Caregivers of Cancer Patients and Survivors

This video explains what you can do to prevent flu and other respiratory illnesses.

Cancer patients and survivors may be at higher risk of flu complications. So it’s important for their caregivers and family members to take steps to prevent flu from spreading.

Get a Flu Shot

The single best way to protect against flu is to get vaccinated each year. Get a flu shot every year, and encourage your loved one with cancer to get one, too.

Help Stop the Spread of Germs

People with flu can spread it to others. Flu viruses can be found in most infected people beginning the day before symptoms develop and five to seven days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to spread flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick.

Photo of a doctor giving a young boy a flu shot while his mother looks on

The best way to protect against flu is to get vaccinated each year.

Help stop the spread of germs by—

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home from work, school, and errands when you are sick.
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Washing your hands or using hand sanitizer often.

Tips for Caring for a Cancer Patient or Survivor with Flu

If you are caring for a cancer patient or survivor who is sick with flu, please visit Caring for Someone Sick for information about how to care for the person while avoiding getting sick yourself.

If you have a child with cancer, read Flu: A Guide for Parents of Children or Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions. [PDF-164KB]