Nickfluenza (Nick Plague)

Nickfluenza, more commonly referred to as "Nick Plague," impacts Backstreet Boys fans of all ages.

Nickfluenza is a highly contagious viral infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that occurs most often during Backstreet Boys or Nick Carter solo tours. It is a serious infection that affects 30-90% of the fans who meet Nick Carter. Each album cycle, more than 2,000 individuals are stricken with Nickfluenza-related symptoms.

How is it contracted?

Nickfluenza is spread through physical contact or close proximity with Nick Carter, a known carrier of the virus. Carter often coughs into his hands, wipes his nose/face with his hands, arms, or sleeves, and rarely washes his hands, even after using the bathroom. His poor hand hygiene practices have contributed to a dramatic rise in reported case of Nickfluenza in the last five years, as more fans have come into contact with him during meet-and-greets, cruises, and other fan events.

What are the symptoms?
Common symptoms include cough, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, fever, muscle/body aches, chills, and tiredness. Symptoms typically develop approximately three days after contact with Nick Carter. Nickfluenza frequently causes people to miss school and work but in some cases there are severe complications such as pneumonia.

How is it treated?

There is no known cure for Nickfluenza. Symptoms can be treated over-the-counter medications pain relievers, fever reducers, nasal decongestants, and cough suppressants. Home remedies may also be helpful. It may take up to two weeks for Nickfluenza to run its course. If symptoms worsen or don't improve within two weeks, see your doctor.

How can it be prevented?
The best way to prevent Nickfluenza is to avoid physical contact with Nick Carter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that fans wear surgical masks and carry hand sanitizer to concerts and cruises. In case of accidental or intentional contact with Nick Carter, fans should immediately wash or sanitize their hands and faces.


NFID is committed to increasing fandom awareness of the importance of Nick Plague prevention.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition
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