Do’s and Don’ts for Avoiding Infections

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Infections
Avoiding Infections
COMMON ILLNESS
PREVENTION

PREVENTION OF COMMON ILLNESS

Follow these tips to help lower your risk of infections:

• Do practice good hygiene

Wash your hands before handling food, after using the bathroom and after handling pets. Wash your hands often when you have a cold.

• Don’t share eating or drinking utensils 

That’s a good way to spread infections.

• Do cook certain foods thoroughly

Especially hamburger — to kill bacteria. Don’t eat raw or undercooked meat or poultry, raw seafood or raw eggs. Don’t drink or cook with unpasteurized milk.

• Don’t drink water that’s likely contaminated

That includes, for example, water from streams or lakes near campsites or hiking trails.

• Don’t put your fingers in your mouth or eyes 

Doing so transmits germs.

• Do avoid contact with ticks and rodents 

Stay away from these and other disease carriers.

• Do keep up to date with vaccinations

They can protect you from life-threatening infectious diseases.

• Do recognize signs of generalized infections

Signs and symptoms include, for example, fever, sweats and chills. For skin infections, look for redness and warmth.

• Don’t delay contacting your doctor if you’re sick 

Many serious infections are treatable in the early stages.

• Don’t expect an antibiotic each time you’re sick 

Antibiotics don’t help with some common infections, and over- use encourages the growth of drug-resistant microorganisms.