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Tips For Preventing Infection

Posted by Deb Spinelli on 8/11/2015
Whether it's flu season or you just want to keep your household free of harmful bacteria and viruses, there are many steps you can take to avoid infection and ensure a contaminant free home.

1. Wash your hands. Hand washing is quite possibly the single most important step that anyone can take to avoid many common infections. Always wash with warm soap and water and be sure to rub your soapy hands together for 15 to 30 seconds. Don't forget the spaces between your fingers and be sure to clean under your fingernails as well. You should wash your hands before eating, or even touching, food. Make sure to wash them thoroughly after using the restroom, playing with a pet, or taking out the trash. Always carry hand sanitizer when you're out. That way, if you need to wash your hands but you don't have access to warm water and soap you can still cleanse your hands.

2. When you cough or sneeze, always cover your mouth or nose to reduce the risk of spreading infection. Many common illnesses are spread through sneezes and coughs. Covering your mouth and nose will ensure that your germs don't spread and infect others. It's best to use a tissue when you cover your nose or your mouth. Always discard the tissue and clean your hands right away. If you don't have a tissue handy, use your hands or the crook of your elbow. Again, clean your hands right away if you use them to catch a sneeze or a cough.

3. Get vaccinated. Get a flu shot every year. Ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for a pneumonia shot as well. Even if you've had your annual flu vaccine, however, it's still best to stay away from people who you know to be sick. The flu shot is not a 100% guarantee against catching the illness, so it's important to reduce your risk of exposure to the flu even if you get vaccinated each year.

In addition to these simple, common sense practices to avoid infection, it is also helpful to maintain a clean, sanitary home. Use a disposable disinfectant wipe, such as the Sani-Cloth Plus wipe. Available from The Medical Maven, this alcohol-based surface disinfectant wipe is strong enough to kill potent viruses but safe enough to use on children's toys. Effective against 15 different microorganisms, Sani-Cloth Plus disinfectant wipes are effective in both a clinical and a home setting. Whether you want to clean and disinfect medical equipment, your kitchen counters, or your child's favorite toy, Sani-Cloth Plus disinfectant wipes from The Medical Maven will get the job done.

Statement: Infection prevention is easy with a few simple common sense tips.

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