recommended immunizations for children and adults.
pets need their shots too!!
antibiotics only for infections caused by bacteria:
are not useful in trating infections caused by viruses.
- Take antibiotics
exactly as prescribed. Complete the full course of treatment.
- Never self-medicate
with antibiotics or share them with your family or friends.
Germs at Home, Work and School:
like colds and flu are spread through coughing and sneezing.
This is called "droplet spread,"
- This can
happen when droplets from a cough or sneeze of an infected person
move through the air and are breathed in by people nearby.
germs can also spread when a person touched surfaces where respiratory
droplets have landed and then touches his or her own eyes, mouth
- Some viruses
and bacteria can live several hours or longer on surfaces like
tables, doorknobs, telephones and desks.
to stop the spread of germs:
Take care to:
- Avoid close
contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your
distance from others to protect then from getting sick, too.
- Cover your
mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you
do not have a tissue, use your upper arm.
- Clean your
hands often with soap and water for 15-20 seconds. You should
wash your hands:
- After using
preparing food or eating
- After changing
- After blowing
your nose and/or using hands when sneezing
- After caring
for a sick person
- After playing
with or handling your pet
If soap and
water are not available, an alcohol-based sanitizer may be used.