AIDS, tuberculosis, hepatitis, chickenpox, malaria, Lyme disease, salmonella, strep throat-no matter where you go or where you live, you are at risk from infectious disease. But there are ways you can protect yourself and your family!
The revised and expanded edition of this classic guide explains what you need to know to keep the germs away. From the infections of daily life, like the common cold and traveler's diarrhea, to dangerous, rare diseases such as plague, hantavirus, and invasive strep bacteria, to recent threats of mad cow disease, West Nile virus, SARS, and bioterrorism, this unique guide tells you:
your chances of getting sick
simple precautions you can take
which vaccinations and shots are worthwhile
how to avoid catching infections in the hospital
special precautions to take if you are pregnant
how to ward off infections even if you have chronic health problems or are HIV positive
how to keep well while traveling
what to eat-and not eat-on the road
symptoms that signal trouble
what illnesses you can get from bug bites and animals
how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
who should get flu shots and why
why you should see your doctor before you get sick
Dr. Winkler G. Weinberg lets you know what you need to worry about and what you don't.
WINKLER G. WEINBERG, M.D., is Chief of Infectious Diseases for the Southeast Permanente Medical Group (a section of the Kaiser Permanente HMO). He directs a consortium for research on infectious diseases and is a practicing physician treating infectious disease in Atlanta, Georgia.