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5 Tips to help prevent infections

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source: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention

year: 2017


Common illnesses, like the flu, can quickly become dangerous for a person with sickle cell disease. The best defense is to take simple steps to help prevent infections.

Hand Washing: Washing your hands is one of the best ways to help prevent getting an infection. People with sickle cell disease, their family, and other caretakers should wash their hands with soap and clean water many times each day.

Food Safety: Bacteria, called salmonella, in some foods can be especially harmful to children with sickle cell disease.

Reptiles: Bacteria, called salmonella, that some reptiles have can be especially harmful to children with SCD. Make sure children stay away from turtles, snakes, and lizards.

Vaccines: Vaccines are a great way to prevent many serious infections. Children and adults with sickle cell disease should get all recommended vaccinations.

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