Some diseases have become immune to the antibiotics we use. As a result, controlling diseases and preventing infections from spreading are more crucial than ever, and doing so begins with measures every individual can take.
Here are “10 tips” to remember:
1. Wash your hands frequently—especially before preparing food, before eating, and after using the restroom. Insist that your health care providers wash their hands and use gloves.
2. Don’t insist that your physician give you antibiotics if you don’t need them. Antibiotics have no effect on illnesses caused by viruses.
3. Take prescribed antibiotics exactly as instructed; do not stop taking them without checking with your physician, even if the medicine makes you feel better—or worse.
4. Keep your immunizations up to date.
5. Follow safe sexual practices.
6. Don’t send your child to a day care center or to a school with symptoms of an infection—such as vomiting, diarrhea, and/or fever.
7. Do not use I.V. drugs; if you do, do not share needles.
8. Don’t share personal items—such as razor blades, tooth brushes, combs, and hairbrushes—and don’t eat or drink from others’ plates or glasses.
9. Keep kitchen surfaces clean, especially when preparing meat, chicken, and fish; disinfect kitchen surfaces.
10. Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold, especially when they will be left out for a long time.
Source: The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Inc.