International Infection Prevention Week occurs globally from October 13 – 19 to raise awareness of healthcare-associated infections. Healthcare-associated infections are infections people can get while receiving health care for another condition. This year’s theme is “Vaccines are Everybody’s Business” and highlights the important role that vaccines play in preventing infections from spreading and protecting public health.

To stop germs from infecting people, healthcare professionals, patients, and families need to work together to stay healthy. Whether you’re in a healthcare facility or in the community, there are things you can do to help prevent infections. Here are simple actions you can take to protect yourself and others:

  • Clean your hands often. Don’t be afraid to remind visitors and healthcare workers that their clean hands count too.

  • Check with your healthcare provider to make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations.

  • Get smart about antibiotic use. Not all infections need antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics, finish the course as recommended.

Let’s spread the word that infection prevention is everyone’s business! For more information please visit our webpage.