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Seven Ways to Guard Against Germs in Health Care Settings

Regular CF care center visits are important to maintain your health. These seven tips are intended to help you make informed decisions to protect yourself and others from catching and spreading germs while at a care center visit, in the hospital or in any other health care setting.

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    Eight Ways to Guard Against Germs in Everyday Life

    Germs are everywhere, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick. These eight tips are intended to keep you informed so you can make the best decisions for yourself.

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    How Can You Reduce the Risk of Cross-Infection?

    Medical studies show that people with CF are at particular risk of spreading certain germs among others with the disease. This kind of cross-infection can be prevented by limiting physical contact between people with CF.

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    Germs and CF: The Facts

    People with cystic fibrosis (CF) are at greater risk of getting lung infections because thick, sticky mucus builds up in their lungs, allowing germs to thrive and multiply. Fortunately, there are steps that people with CF, their family members and caregivers can take to avoid germs whenever possible.

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    3 Steps for Health Animation

    Although people with CF are at greater risk of infection because of the disease, this animation shows you the three simple things you can do to avoid germs and infections.

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    Share With Those Who Care Animation

    Balancing CF with your social life can be complicated. Share the third animation in our “Germ Smart” series to help family and friends understand.

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    Get Germ Smart Animation

    People with cystic fibrosis (CF) are at greater risk of getting lung infections because thick, sticky mucus builds up in their lungs, allowing germs to thrive and multiply. Watch this animation to learn how to Get Germ Smart.

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    When There’s More Than One Person With CF at School

    If there is more than one person with CF in the same school or classroom, these recommendations can help minimize the spread of germs between people with CF.

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    Get Germ Smart Poster

    Preventing infections is a team effort. Hang this poster where others can learn how to get germ smart.

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    3 Steps for Health Poster

    People with CF face increased risk of infection. This poster will show others the three simple steps they can take to avoid germs and infections.

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    11 Ways to Guard Against Germs in Health Care Settings

    These tips are based on recommendations from the Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for CF. They are intended for health care providers to help people with CF guard against germs in the health care setting.

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More About Germs

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    Why Are Some Germs Particularly Dangerous for People with CF?

    Despite significant progress treating CF, infections remain a serious problem and can lead to worsening lung disease or death.

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    How are Germs Spread?

    There are a number of ways germs can be spread, but the most common are by direct and indirect contact and through the air.

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    Influenza (the Flu)

    Influenza or “the flu” is a highly contagious respiratory illness that is caused by a virus. For people with cystic fibrosis, getting the flu may cause a worsening of symptoms and lead to a faster decline in lung function.

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    Burkholderia Cepacia Complex (B. Cepacia)

    The Burkholderia cepacia complex (B. cepacia) consists of different species of bacteria that are found in the natural environment. Some of these species pose serious risks to the health of a person with cystic fibrosis.

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