Is influenza highly contagious or just a little bit contagious? So I caught influenza from my mother recently. She has been having it for about a week now and Ive been taking care of her during that time and now she is felling better but I got it instead but I want to go to work because staying home isnt as much fun when you lose money doing it but a friend said I might infect some of the other workers at the construction site. Im thinking that if I just take breaks at different times and take the lone jobs I probably wont give it to anyone else. Anyone else know something about this?