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Tip of the Week #18

The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or visit your nearest public health clinic.

Tip of the Week #21

Sore throats are common with colds and influenza. If a sore throat is part of these illnesses, it is most likely caused by a virus and a throat swab is not needed.

Tip of the Week #3

Always wash your hands before eating or preparing food, and before breastfeeding.

Tip of the Week #4

Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing into your hand or after helping a child with a runny nose.

Tip of the Week #1

Eighty percent of common infections can be spread by the hands. Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of infections.

Tip of the Week #2

Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, before and after changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet.

Antibiotic Awareness Week

November 17-21, 2014 Using antibiotics when they are not needed is an unnecessary risk. After taking an antibiotic you can carry resistant bacteria in your body for a long time. The resistant bacteria may not be making you sick, but can pass resistance to infection-causing bacteria later on. These infections are difficult to treat and may require hospitalization.

New article from Consumer Reports

Over 37,000 people are killed each year by the misuse of antibiotics. Read more here: The Rise of Superbugs

Antibiotic Awareness Week

November 7-21, 2014 Antibiotic resistance is an unavoidable, unwanted side effect of antibiotic use. To minimize the chances of antibiotic resistance developing, only use antibiotics when they are really needed. Unnecessary use of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance.