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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 #27

Most coughs are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help! Sometimes a cough can be due to pneumonia. If your doctor suspects pneumonia, an X-ray should be taken and antibiotics may be prescribed.

Tip of the Week #32

Antiseptics are products that kill germs on the skin. Hand sanitizers are actually antiseptics. Be sure to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as the only active ingredient.

Tip of the Week #30

Bacteria have antibiotic resistance when they cannot be killed by an antibiotic. Remember it is the bacteria that are resistant NOT YOU! Even very healthy people who have never taken antibiotics can become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria from other sources.

Tip of the Week #41

Antibiotic resistance is a threat to your health. Infections caused by resistant bacteria are difficult to treat and can lead to prolonged illness and hospitalization.

Tip of the Week #23

Because of the risks associated with antibiotic resistance, children should not receive antibiotics to prevent ear infections.

Tip of the Week #44

Older persons are likely to have bacteria in their bladders without having an infection. This is a normal condition of aging and does not need to be treated with antibiotics unless there are specific symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Tip of the Week #42

About half of the antibiotics prescribed for respiratory tract infections are inappropriate because most of these infections are caused by viruses.

Tip of the Week #29

Using antibiotics when they are not needed is an unnecessary risk. You can carry resistant bacteria in your body for up to two years. Do not use antibiotics for colds and flu and for most cases of bronchitis.

National Infection Control Week – October 17-21, 2016

Infection Prevention – Think Global Act Local
National Infection Control Week – October 19-23, 2015

Everybody can help prevent the spread of infections by being involved, providing input and initiating change in their own way.

Visit IPAC Canada’s website for infection prevention and control information.

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