Here are some ways you can keep from getting an infection.
Wash your hands well and often.
Do this after you go to the bathroom, any time you’re preparing food or before eating and after coughing or sneezing.
Cover a cough or sneeze.
Cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
Wash and bandage all cuts or bites.
Show your doctor any serious animal or human bites.
Practice good food safety techniques.
Although most food-borne infections aren’t dangerous, some can cause serious medical problems, like kidney failure and meningitis. You can stop infections from food by preparing and storing foods safely.
Talk with your doctor about the immunizations, or shots, you may need.
If you’re taking a trip, ask your doctor if you need any immunizations. Talk with your physician at least three months before you leave.
Have safe sex.
The only sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases is to not have sex. The next best choice is to follow these safer sex guidelines.
Avoid bug-borne diseases.
Both mosquitoes and ticks are carriers of viruses and bacteria. And both have been associated with serious epidemics in the last decade. As your doctor about the best ways for you to avoid getting insect bites. That might include using repellents or limiting how much time you spend outside.
Control wild animals.
Mice and rats can spread diseases themselves and carry ticks that also spread them. The same is true for possums, raccoons, coyotes and other wild animals. Keep food in animal-proof containers. Seal holes in your house to keep them out. Talk with a pest control expert if you have questions.