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5 Tips To Help Prevent Infection

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source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Common illnesses, like the flu, can quickly become dangerous for a person with sickle cell disease. The best defence is to take simple steps to help prevent infections. 5 tips to help prevent infection include:


Washing Hands

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.


Avoid Reptiles

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



Vaccines are a great way to prevent many serious infections. Children and adults with sickle cell disease should get all recommended vaccinations, including a yearly influenza (flu) vaccination for those aged 6 months and older.



 Penicillin can help prevent infections. Take penicillin (or other antibiotic prescribed by a doctor) every day until at least 5 years of age.


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