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How long is a cold or flu contagious?

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When you have a cold or the flu, you’re typically contagious for about a week. For the flu, the CDC reports that you are contagious one day before you start feeling sick and up to seven days after. If you are in the contagious period, it’s advised to stay home from work because the flu is highly contagious. If you have kids who are in the contagious period, it’s important to keep them home from school.

Our flu doctors explain and discuss recommendations on what you can do to decrease the chances of spreading the cold or flu to others.

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