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Prevent Infections When You Get Medical Care

Get tips on protecting yourself from infections when you get medical care.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

About MRSA Skin Infections: Frequently Asked Questions

Learn how to recognize and prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a potentially dangerous type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics and may cause skin and other infections.

Review Date: December 31, 2012

National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

An Ounce of Prevention - Seven Keys to a Safer Healthier Home- (PDF)

This brochure offers information on preventing infectious diseases through proper handwashing, food preparation techniques, immunizations, care in handling pets, and more.

Review Date: October 24, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC Vital Signs Report: Making Health Care Safer

More than half of all hospital patients receive an antibiotic. These antibiotics are often prescribed incorrectly, putting patients at risk for harmful infections. Get the facts on how tracking antibiotic use and resistance can help health departments, hospitals, and doctors protect patients.

Review Date: March 28, 2014

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CDC Vitalsigns: Stop Infections from Lethal CRE Germs Now

Untreatable and hard-to-treat infections from CRE germs are on the rise among patients in medical facilities. CRE germs have become resistant to all or nearly all the antibiotics that are available today. FInd out what you can do to stop the spread of infection.

Review Date: March 05, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Children, the Flu, and the Flu Vaccine

This document provides information on the dangers of flu to children and those who are at increased risk for flu complications, vaccination recommendations, and when to get your child vaccinated.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Cholera - Prevention

This fact sheet provides tips for travelers to cholera-endemic areas to lower one's risk of contracting cholera

Review Date: December 17, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

FAQ's About Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia- (PDF)

A “ventilator-associated pneumonia” or “VAP” is a lung infection or pneumonia that develops in a person who is on a ventilator in a hospital. Find out what you can do to prevent VAP.

Review Date: March 26, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Find a Yellow Fever Vaccination Clinic

If travel plans include visits to countries where yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry, visit this resource to find the nearest authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccine center.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

Group B Streptococcal Infections

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns. Find out more information about this infectious disease.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

Jesse Cause Foundation

International Adoption: Health Aspects

Learn about the health of children adopted from another country, required medical exams, risk of infectious diseases, and how to prepare and care for your child's health once home.

Review Date: November 21, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

Rodents

Learn how to prevent rodent infestations and how to clean up after a rodent infestation to prevent spread of diseases.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Stop Ticks

Spring is a time when many people spend more time outdoors, so it's important to remember how to prevent tick bites. Find simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases/CDC

Ten Reasons To Be Vaccinated

Many people don’t realize the important role vaccines can play in keeping adults healthy. Find ten reasons why vaccination is important for adults.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

The Scoop on Strep Throat

Strep throat is a disease caused by tiny ball-shaped bacteria called group A streptococci .These bacteria cause up to 30% of all sore throats and are found in your throat and on your skin. If a kid has strep throat, the doctor will give him or her medicine called an antibiotic, which will kill the strep bacteria.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

The Nemours Foundation

Traveler's Health

Find health information on travel to over 200 destinations, including the vaccinations recommended for travel.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Travelers' Health - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Find information, based on scientific studies, disease surveillance, and best practices, to assist travelers and their health-care providers in deciding the vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Vaccines.gov

Vaccines.gov is the federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. Learn about vaccine safety, diseases that can be prevented, vaccination schedules, travel tips, and more.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What Are Germs?

Explains for kids how germs get into their bodies and make us sick, describes all types of germs and how they can protect themselves from germs.

Review Date: February 11, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

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