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International Infection Prevention Week

Published on Sunday, October 14, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year at least 2 million Americans become infected with a bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Of those affected, nearly 23,000 will die as a direct result. This is because antibiotics are becoming less effective due to overuse.

To highlight the importance of infection prevention and raise awareness of everyone’s role in protecting the public, McLaren Northern Michigan is supporting International Infection Prevention Week.

Here is what you can do to stop the spread of infection:
1. Get vaccinated
2. Stay home if you are sick
3. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow, not hands
4. Wash your hands to stop germs from spreading
5. Know the ABCs of Antibiotics
          ASK – “are these antibiotics necessary? What can I do to feel better?”
          BACTERIA – Antibiotics do not kill viruses. They only kill bacteria.
          COMPLETE THE COURSE – take all your antibiotics exactly as prescribed until gone… even if you are feeling better.
6. Finally, help us protect our patients while visiting the hospital. Avoid touching patient care equipment and surfaces, and do not visit if you are ill.