Can infectious diseases be prevented?

Vaccines are available to prevent many common infectious diseases, including hepatitis, diphtheria, influenza and herpes zoster. The CDC has updated recommendations for vaccinations for children, adolescents and adults. There are new platforms for delivery of vaccinations and research on new pathogens. It is also important to consult with a travel clinic prior to travel overseas to be sure you are protected.

You can also reduce your risk of contracting an infectious disease by:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water, thoroughly and frequently
  • Covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces in your home and workplace
  • Avoiding contact with sick people or sharing personal items with them
  • Not drinking or swimming in contaminated water supplies
  • Not eating or drinking food and beverages prepared by people who are sick

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