these tips to help lower your risk of infections:
• Do practice good
Wash your hands before handling food, after using
the bath-room and after handling pets. Wash your hands often when you have a
· Don't share eating or
That's a good way to
· 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
· Do avoid contact with
ticks and rodents
away from these and other disease carriers.
• Do keep up to date
can protect you from life-threatening infectious diseases.
· Do recognize signs of
Signs and symptoms include,
for example, fever, sweats and chills. For skin infections, look for redness
· Don't delay
contacting your doctor if you're sick
infections are treatable in the early stages.
· Don't expect an
antibiotic each time you're sick
help with some common infections, and over-use encourages the growth of