Best way to prevent common colds?
Wash your hands.

Prevention

Everyone can help to prevent and stop the spread of Antibiotic Resistance!

For yourself:

  • Ask your doctor questions. Do I have a bacterial infection or a viral infection?
  • Let your doctor know what antibiotics you’ve used before, and how they worked for you.
  • Learn about your illness, and what you can do to avoid getting it again.
  • Take antibiotics as directed by your doctor. Your antibiotics will come with directions that tell you when to take it, how much to take, and any special notes (for example, if it needs to be taken with food, or kept in the fridge).
  • While you’re sick, stay away from other people as much as you can.
  • Wash your hands frequently with plain soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when hands are visibly dirty. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Keep the bathroom clean along with other shared surfaces in your home so you avoid spreading germs to others
  • Make sure your vaccinations are up to date.

For family and friends:

  • Go to the doctor with the family member or friend who is sick if they can’t or won’t ask questions.
  • Remind the family member or friend to take all of the medicine as directed by their doctor.
  • Wash your hands with plain soap and water before and after you provide care to your family member or friend, or touch items they’ve been in contact with such as dirty sheets, towels, etc. If you wear gloves, always wash your hands before putting gloves on and after taking gloves off.

For your doctors, nurses, and other health care providers:

  • Learn about your illness, and how it gets spread. For example, if it is spread through the air, healthcare workers may wear masks when they see you. Or, if it is spread through blood, urine or feces, healthcare workers will wear gloves, and likely gowns and masks.
  • Ask your healthcare worker (including doctors) to wash their hands before they visit with you. You may not have a Superbug, but another patient might.

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