A Guide to Preventing Infection

At Express ER we often treat patients that have formed infections due to various reasons. Although many infections can easily be treated, there are situations that can arise where an infection can actually be lethal. Today, Express ER is covering helpful tips for how you can reduce your risk of infection. We hope you learn something new today!

Keep Hands Clean

Did you know that a lot of infections are spread by touching germs and bacteria? We recommend washing your hands frequently and properly! You should rub your hands together well for at least 15 seconds, making sure to rub the palms, fingernails and even backs of your hands.

Can’t get to some soap and water? Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can also be an excellent option, make sure to apply the sanitizer all of your hands, including your fingernails.

You should make sure to clean your hands before eating, after using the restroom, after visiting someone sick or even after you take out the trash!

Cover Your Mouth & Nose

Did you know germs can travel up to 3 feet when you sneeze!? Along with hand contact, many diseases and infections can also be spread through coughing and sneezing which is why you should ALWAYS cover your mouth and nose. We recommend purchasing tissues so that you can throw them away after use, reducing the risk of transmission. If you use your hands, wash them after as well.

Sick? Avoid Others!

Not feeling well? You should rest and stay to yourself. If you have plans with someone who isn’t feeling well, cancel plans and reschedule for another day. There is no reason to spread germs.

Get Shots & Vaccinations

Did you know there are many shots and vaccinations that can actually help reduce your risk of transmitting and catching a disease or infection? These include:

  • Chicken pox
  • Measles
  • Tetanus
  • Meningitis
  • Shingles
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis
  • Flu – Influenza
  • Whooping cough (Pertussis)
  • Pneumonia (Streptococcus pneumoniae)
  • German measles (Rubella)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

Visit Express ER Today

Think that you or a loved one have become infected? Check-in online at Express ER and visit us right away for your immediate emergency medical care.

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