Preventing infection

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If you’re going through cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system, there are steps you can take to try to avoid common illnesses. 

  • Follow the latest government health advice.
  • Make sure all of your vaccines and boosters are up to date. Check with your medical team if you have questions.
  • Make sure everyone living in the house, including children, have all of their vaccines and boosters up to date.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is unwell. Check with visitors before they arrive if they and their household are well. 
  • Wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap:
    - when in contact with other people
    - before eating or touching your face
    - after using the bathroom
    - when you get home 
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. 
  • Wear a mask in busy public spaces such as shops and public transport, and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Continue to work from home where possible.
  • Ventilate your home well by opening windows and doors especially when you have visitors if possible.
  • Clean and disinfect anything that you touch regularly. 
  • Do not share food, drinks, cups, or cutlery.
What if I’m only visiting?

Infections of all kinds spread easily in the home, so practicing these steps when visiting someone in cancer treatment can help protect them from many different diseases.

Try to understand that loved ones who are in cancer treatment or who have weak immune systems have to be very careful about visitors, and about travelling outside their home.

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