Strep Throat (cont.)

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Is there a vaccine for strep throat?

Currently, there are no vaccines available against group A streptococcus bacteria. There are some theoretical concerns about whether a vaccine may initiate immune responses similar to those causing rheumatic fever and glomerulonephritis.

Can strep throat be prevented?

The important aspect of preventing strep throat infection is to prevent its spread to others. Simple steps can be taken in order to limit the spread of strep throat:

  • Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
  • Washing hands frequently
  • Washing dishes and utensils used by the infected individual frequently
  • Not sharing food or drinks with the infected individual

Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Strep Throat

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Pharyngitis, Bacterial.

MedscapeReference.com. Scarlet Fever.

Previous contributing medical author: Siamak T. Nabili, MD, MPH


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2012

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