TIP OF THE MONTH
Are You Giving Me Your Germs???
This month we are going to be discussing the spread of infection and how to control diseases by preventing the spread of infections. Some diseases are becoming immune to the antibiotics we use, so this is more crucial then ever. Here are 10 steps we can all take in becoming proactive in the spread of infections.
- Wash hands frequently-especially when handling food, before eating and after using the restroom.
- Don't insist on an antibiotic, if your health care provider doesn't think you need one, then you don't. Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.
- Take antibiotics as prescribed and do not stop taking them even if you feel better or worse. Always consult your health care provider.
- Keep your immunizations and your children's immunizations up to date.
- Don't send your child to day care or school if they are showing signs of infections. These signs include vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever.
- Follow safe sex practices.
- Do not use I.V. drugs; if you do, do not share needles.
- Don't share personal items-such as razors, tooth brushes, combs and hairbrushes.
- Don't eat or drink from others' plates or glasses.
- Keep kitchen surfaces clean, especially when preparing meat, chicken and fish; disinfect the kitchen surfaces used.
- Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, especially when they will be out for a prolonged period of time.
Again, handwashing is the single most important procedure for preventing infection. The correct handwashing time and method is a 10 -15 second vigorous rubbing together of all lathered surfaces followed by rinsing in a flowing stream of water. If hands are visibly soiled, more time might be required. It is recommended that faucets be turned off using a dry papertowel.
Have a safe and enjoyable rest of your summer.
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