Can I Miss Mass Because of the Flu?
Can I miss Mass because of the flu going around? My husband and I are in the at-risk age and are worried about receiving Communion from someone's hands.
Missing Mass due to serious health concerns is considered a legitimate reason.
You stated that your fear is interaction with the hands of the minister of Communion. You could attend Mass and make a spiritual communion instead of receiving Communion. You can also politely smile and express a verbal sign of peace instead of shaking hands.
I always recommend people discuss their health and the risks of attending Mass with their medical doctor and make a prudential judgment.