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Can sharing food make me sick?

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Don't eat or drink after anyone, even family. Don't use each other's lip balm or utensils. One of the fastest ways for germs to spread from person to person is by mouth.

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Flu Spreads.”

Delaware Health and Social Services: “Direct and Indirect Disease Transmission.”

Government of South Australia: “Ways Infectious Diseases Spread.”

CDC: “Adult Vaccination.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group.”

CDC: “Immunization Schedules.”

CDC: “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital: “Don’t Let Cold and Flu Get You Down: Tips for Preventing the Spread of Germs.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “How Flu Spreads.”

Delaware Health and Social Services: “Direct and Indirect Disease Transmission.”

Government of South Australia: “Ways Infectious Diseases Spread.”

CDC: “Adult Vaccination.”

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, by Vaccine and Age Group.”

CDC: “Immunization Schedules.”

CDC: “Handwashing: Clean Hands Save Lives.”

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital: “Don’t Let Cold and Flu Get You Down: Tips for Preventing the Spread of Germs.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on October 29, 2017

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