For now, Krumholz said hospital patients and their families can be aware that the few weeks after discharge are a "period of risk and vulnerability."
So it would be wise to take some precautions, he said. These include not driving a car for at least a week or so, and steering clear of people with flu-like infections, since your immune function may be compromised.
Learn more about taking care of yourself after hospitalization from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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