What Is an Infection?

Photo of germsIt’s important for you to understand what anis before you learn about the things that might put a person at a higher risk for getting one. Anoccurs when germs enter a person’s body and multiply, causing illness, organ and tissue damage, or disease.

It’s also important for you to know that ancan lead to a potentially life-threatening complication called  It’s very important to call your doctor immediately if you get aor develop any other signs or symptoms of an infection

Some common germs and infections include the following:

  • Bacteria: Very small microorganisms. Some types ofenter the human body from the air, water, soil, or food, and can cause infections and disease. Common bacterial infections include and ear infections.
  • Virus: A very simplethat may cause illness or disease. Viral infections are passed on from other people. Common viral infections include the common cold, and

Yourhelps your body protect against these germs. Cancer andcan damage this system, reducing your number of infection-fightingand making it harder for your body to fightfrom germs.



Education Materials

CDC created a variety of resources for patients and healthcare providers, including a quick reference sheet, fact sheets, posters, and videos.

"I never thought seriously about the risk of infection until I was hospitalized and unable to fight a fever. It’s so important to understand what steps you can take to help protect yourself."Donna Deegan, News AnchorBreast Cancer Survivor 

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