An Ounce of Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention

Kids will soon be out of school and summer vacations are right around the corner. Who really wants to be sick during their time off? “As a registered nurse and mom of a little boy, I know it is extremely difficult to keep busy toddler hands from coming into contact with germs,” says Kelly Ray, RN, BSN, Family ER + Urgent Care and Family Urgent Care PLUS Nurse Manager. “However, my experiences in the medical field reinforce the importance of cleanliness. Here are a few simple ways to keep the germs at bay.”

  1. Wash your hands frequently. Keeping your hands clean is the best way to decrease the spread of illnesses and keep you from getting sick. Why is this important? According to the CDC, hand washing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16%. In addition, contaminated hands spread a large percentage of foodborne diseases.
  2. Clean surfaces with a disinfectant. Use a disinfectant wipe on bathrooms and kitchen surfaces. These are fairly inexpensive and easy to use for busy schedules. Pay close attention to toilet handles, faucets and doorknobs.
  3. Prepare food safely. Ensure foods are cooked to the proper temperature. Don’t leave refrigerated foods sitting out. The CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans get sick from contaminated foods or beverages and 3,000 die each year.
  4. Avoid contact with wild animals. Some may carry diseases and pass them on to you or your pets. Keep your garbage cans sealed and don’t leave any food around that might attract animals.
  5. Use antibiotics appropriately. Antibiotics don’t work for viruses such as a cold or flu. Unnecessary antibiotic use can be harmful. When needed, take antibiotics prescribed only to you by your doctor.

An Ounce of Prevention Keeps the Germs Away for a Safe and Healthier Home this summer. Recommendations from the CDC “Ounce of Prevention Program”

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