The Rise of Superbugs: How to Safeguard Your Family

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The Rise of Superbugs: How to Safeguard Your Family


Autumn is almost here and with that brings the common arrival of sickness. Not only does this year look to be another doozy for the flu, but there is a rise of superbugs. To help us spread some preventive measures, we’ve enlisted the help of ConsumerSafety.org. We hope these tips are useful for safeguarding your family.


Stay healthy everyone!

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The discovery of antibiotics has greatly reduced the rate of illness and death from infectious diseases, but widespread use has also lead to a buildup of antibiotic-resistant bacteria called superbugs.  


Each year, 2 million people are infected with bacteria that can no longer be treated with traditional antibiotics. With 23,000 people dying annually due to these infections, antibiotic resistance remains a growing public concern.


Here are two superbugs to be aware of along with the ways you can protect yourself and your family.


Bacterial Pneumonia & Meningitis

Streptococcus Pneumoniae is a superbug that causes bacterial pneumonia, meningitis, and infections of the blood, sinus, and ear. 12 million annually reported infections are antibiotic-resistant which result in 7,000 deaths a year. Babies and older adults are most at risk in large part due to weakened immune systems.


How You Can Protect Yourself

To lower your risk of bacterial pneumonia & meningitis, be sure to:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene.

Washing your hands often with soap and water is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Teach your child proper hand-washing techniques with these recommended apps.

2. Get the recommended vaccines. 

There are vaccines for three types of bacteria that cause meningitis, including superbug threat Streptococcus Pneumoniae. Protect yourself and your child by getting vaccinated on time.


MRSA (Staph Infection)

MRSA is a type of bacteria that can cause infections throughout the body; the most common is a skin infection characterized by sores or boils. There are over 80,000 MRSA infections each year, and severe cases can also lead to sepsis, pneumonia, or bloodstream infections. MRSA is spread by contact, and people may be at an increased risk if they participate in activities with skin-to-skin contact or use shared equipment. Think of a gym weight room or an individual who plays contact sports.


How You Can Protect Yourself

  1. Cover any cuts, scrapes, or open wounds.

Avoid exposing yourself and others to various infections by making sure to keep all external wounds covered until they are fully healed.

2. Do not share personal items. 

Avoid using the same towel, razor, or other personal hygiene item as another person.

3. Practice good hand and body hygiene. 

Wash effectively and frequently, especially after using shared equipment or participating in contact activities.




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