Staying healthy is important to you and the entire family. Follow the low-cost and easy steps below to stop many infectious diseases before they happen:
- Wash Your Hands Often - Keeping your hands clean is one of the best ways to keep from getting sick and spreading diseases. It gets rid of germs you pick up for other people, surfaces you touch and animals you come in contact with. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol wipe or hand gel.
- Clean and Disinfect Surfaces Routinely - Cleaning and disinfecting are not the same thing. Cleaning removes germs from surfaces, however, disinfecting actually destroys them. After cleaning surfaces, don't let germs hang around on cleaning clothes. Use paper towels, or use disposable sanitizing wipes.
- Get Immunized - Getting immunized most importantly saves lives. Make sure you and your children get the shots suggested by your health care provider at the proper time. Keep immunization records for the whole family. Adults need tetanus and diphtheria boosters every 10 years. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every fall season.
- Be careful with pets - Children under 5 are more likely to get diseases from animals. Young children should not be allowed to kiss pets or to put their hands and toys into their mouths after touching animals. Wash your child's hands thoroughly after contact with animals, particularly when visiting farms, petting zoos and fairs.