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Infection prevention starts with you!

When you or a loved one goes into a healthcare facility when you’re sick, you expect to get better—right? But did you know that each year, approximately 1 in 25 people in the U.S. get infections in hospitals while being treated for something else?

Unfortunately, nearly 75,000 people in hospitals die each year with these infections—many of which could have been prevented with proper infection prevention practices.

Everyone plays a role in infection prevention—patients, families, and healthcare personnel. You play an important role in infection prevention—in and out of healthcare facilities.

First and foremost, know the basics of infection prevention. Do your part—and hand hygiene is key! Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are things you can do to stay safe from infections.

Consumer alerts

Hand hygiene and antimicrobial stewardship
5/3/2017
May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day: The World Health Organization's annual global call to action for health workers. This year’s theme is “Fight antibiotic resistance—it's in your hands.” So, what can you do to protect yourself and your family from the spread of harmful antibiotic resistant germs? You can pledge to wash your hands.
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Cute, fluffy, and harboring bacteria? The truth about backyard poultry.
4/13/2017
Soft, fluffy chicks are practically synonymous with spring. With their downy feathers, chicks seem like great cuddling companions, but caution must be taken to prevent infection. Many human illnesses can be acquired through contact with live poultry (including chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys), even when the birds do not appear to be ill. Therefore, it is important to learn how to prevent infection while handling these birds.
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Mumps: A vaccine-preventable disease on the rise
3/16/2017
Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus. It is spread from person-to-person via direct contact or by droplets of saliva from the mouth, nose, or throat of an infected person, typically when the infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus may also spread if the infected person touches items or surfaces without washing their hands, and then someone touches those contaminated surfaces and then touches their mouth or nose.
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