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    How long will I be contagious?
    An_255786 posted:
    I have had the flu for a few days now. I am not sure when I caught it exactly... but the bad fever occurred 3 days ago. I am worried about others around me, and would prefer to avoid contact if I am contagious still. How long until others around me should be ok? By the way I have been taking a prescribed antibiotic for 2 days now also.

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    atti_editor responded:
    Hi and thank you for posting,

    According to this post from one of our experts, you are considered no longer contagious after you have been fever free for 24 hours (without having taken any fever-reducing medications). Since your fever ended 3 days ago, you should no longer be contagious.

    Best wishes,

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