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Tip of the Week #6

Make sure that plain soap is available in the washroom of your child’s daycare or school, in your workplace and in places where you eat.

Tip of the Week #24

A child should be examined by a doctor three months after an ear infection to make sure there is no fluid left in the ear as this may lead to hearing problems. There is no need to see a doctor immediately after an ear infection if the child is feeling better. As many as half of all children with ear infections still have fluid in the ear after one month. This is normal and will go away by three months in most children.

Tip of the Week #18

The best way to prevent influenza is to get the influenza vaccine. Talk to your doctor or visit your nearest public health clinic.

Tip of the Week #44

Older persons are likely to have bacteria in their bladders without having an infection. This is a normal condition of aging and does not need to be treated with antibiotics unless there are specific symptoms of a urinary tract infection.

Tip of the Week #8

There is no need to use antibacterial soap! Antibacterial soap attacks all bacteria, both good and bad, and can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. Plain soap effectively removes bad germs from the skin without leading to antibiotic resistance.

Tip of the Week #5

Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of colds. Always wash your hands after being with someone who has a cold or influenza.

Tip of the Week #42

About half of the antibiotics prescribed for respiratory tract infections are inappropriate because most of these infections are caused by viruses.

Tip of the Week #28

Sinusitis is caused by viruses up to 200 times more often than bacteria.  A yellow or green drainage from the nose does not mean you have a bacterial infection!

Tip of the Week #39

Bacterial infections are less common than viral infections and don’t spread as easily from one person to another.

Tip of the Week #22

More than 75% of children with ear infections will get better without antibiotics. Wash your hands frequently and teach your children to wash their hands because most ear infections occur after a cold.