Infection Prevention Month

It’s easy to savor the fall season: watching football, driving through the vast mosaics of falling leaves and enjoying cider, soups and everyday savory delights. Amid these comforting sights and flavors of autumn, it is also an important time to raise awareness during October’s annual International Infection Prevention Week observance from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

A small infection has the potential to escalate into a more serious condition if left uncleaned or unchecked by a professional. That’s why it’s always important to have any wound, unexplained discomfort or symptom explained as soon as possible. Five Star and WellNow Urgent Care are here to help with our walk-in facilities, which are open seven days a week – with no appointment necessary.

When you are faced with a variety of invisible, but formidable, challengers to your health, it is important to remember these time-honored tips:

  • Seek out the appropriate vaccine with your primary healthcare provider
    Adults with chronic conditions can find an outline of suggested vaccines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Help yourself, loved ones and strangers by staying home when you are sick
    No one likes being sick, and you certainly don’t want to be blamed for spreading an illness that adversely impacts others around you. Do yourself – and others – a favor by recovering in the comfort of your own home.
  • Wash your hands frequently
    Keeping your hands clean throughout the day while at work and at home ensures you are not becoming a rapid transporter of germs both into your body and passing to others.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth throughout the day
    Viruses spread faster from your hands when in contact with your eyes, nose or mouth. Keep your hands away from your face even when you’re not sick to avoid any cause or spread of infection.
  • Avoid sharing cups, glasses, dishes and cutlery with others
    You should always stay in control of what food and drink you ingest and how you consume them, especially during the flu season.
  • Always use single-use tissues, and cough and sneeze into your arm, not your hand
    Curbing the spread and mixing of potential germs is smart for you and demonstrates your altruistic concern for those around you’re around.
  • Keep toys and play areas clean
    Toys in play areas and facilities can be major germ generators based on people using them on a regular basis. Remain diligent in having wipes available for public recreation spaces and be conscientious about periodic washing of your own toys after other children use them.

Should you ever feel ill or become exposed to a possible infection, walk in to a Five Star or WellNow Urgent Care nearest you for the quick, convenient care that gets you back to life faster.