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Infection prevention starts with you!

Infection prevention is everyone’s job. Each of us has an important role to play in keeping patients safe from infection—and hand hygiene is key!

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Consumer alerts

Germy gloves and scarves—Oh, my!
Winter is coming, and with that, comes colder weather. And during the cold weather season, it’s common to see many runny noses, coughs, sore throats, and respiratory infections such as the flu.
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Should I wear a facemask during flu season?
Have you ever seen someone wearing a facemask in the street or on public transportation? You may wonder, “Should I wear a facemask during flu season or while on a plane?” The short answer to this question is probably, “No.” For most people, covering your mouth when coughing and sneezing, and frequent hand washing—with warm water and soap, or alcohol-based hand sanitizer—is a much better way to prevent illness than wearing a facemask out in public.
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Sepsis is a serious medical condition resulting from an infection. As part of the body’s inflammatory response to fight infection, chemicals are released into the bloodstream. These chemicals can cause blood vessels to leak and clot, meaning organs like the kidneys, lung, and heart will not get enough oxygen.
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Herd immunity
Herd immunity (or community immunity) occurs when a high percentage of the community is immune to a disease (through vaccination and/or prior illness), making the spread of this disease from person to person unlikely. Even individuals not vaccinated (such as newborns and the immunocompromised) are offered some protection because the disease has little opportunity to spread within the community
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