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How to Prevent Diseases From Passing to Family Members

Although nobody wants to get sick, sometimes we cannot avoid it. Usually the children are the most vulnerable to bacteria and viruses, because they have a weaker immune system. However, this doesn’t mean that adults cannot get sick. That is because they can be exposed to highly contagious illnesses before the infected person shows any symptoms. If a family member sneezes several times at the diner table, the next day he or she could come down with full-blown cold symptoms.

  • Start treatment

In order to prevent other family members from getting infected, you must take precautions as soon as you suspect someone is ill. Although the flu can be transmitted one day before the onset of symptoms, other diseases such as strep throat can be contagious up to five days before symptoms occur. However, it is no longer contagious 24 hours after strep throat treatment is started. Starting a treatment as soon as possible is sometimes the best way to prevent the spread of a disease in your household.

  • Immunization

Immunization can reduce or eliminate diseases such as measles, rubella, mumps, whooping cough, diphtheria, common cold, smallpox and tetanus. No mater your age or the age of other family members, talk to your doctor and check if you are current with the immunizations. An annual flu shot can protect your family from influenza and the pneumococcal vaccine against pneumonia. Pneumonia immunization is necessary especially for children under 2 years old, anyone with diabetes, kidney, lung or heart disease and those with a suppressed immune system. However, a flu shot is not always 100% effective and other stay-well strategies must be used in order to prevent illness.

  • Designated Tableware and Glasses

During the time a family member is ill, designate certain glasses and tableware just for him or her. This will prevent passing the bacteria on dishware that has not been thoroughly washed. For example, someone undergoing strep throat treatment is still contagious 24 hours after starting taking the medicine and has bacteria in the saliva. You can use a specific color and tell others not to use them. Another great way to prevent the spread of bacteria is to use disposable eating utensils and throw them away after each meal.

  • Limit contact

Have the sick family member stay home from work or schools and limit the contact with other members within the family as much as possible. When one of the family members is ill, they should have their own food diet anyways, and eat foods that help them recover from the cold or flu. Moreover, mens health diet should be different from women’s health diet, because different organisms have different deficiencies that must be complemented within the diet. Instruct the family members to cover their mouth when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching used tissues and frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water. Sanitize items that have come in contact with the patient’s hands or saliva, such as door knobs, oral medicine syringes and oral thermometers.


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