3 Key Messages

  1. Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of infections.
  2. Not all bugs are created equal. Both bacteria and viruses cause infections but antibiotics only work against bacteria.
  3. Use antibiotics wisely to stop bacteria from becoming resistant to antibiotics.

Tip of the Week #10

When soap and water are not available, you can use an alcohol based hand sanitizer to kill germs on your hands. Read the label to make sure that the alcohol content is at least 60%. Do not use alcohol free hand sanitizers. Only alcohol based hand sanitizers containing alcohol as the only active ingredient are recommended by the Public Health Agency of Canada

Guide to Wise Use of Antibiotics

Prevention and Treatment of Respiratory Tract Infections

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