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About one million Filipinos have active Tuberculosis (TB) disease and every day more than 70 people lose their lives to TB. While it is a curable disease, prevention still proves to be better than cure.

  1. Make it a habit to cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, either with a cloth, tissue, or your hands. Discard used tissues properly to avoid spreading bacteria.
  2. Wash your hands properly after coughing or sneezing.
  3. Have proper ventilation in your rooms/house.
  4. Make sure to avail of the vaccines against TB. Primarily for children, the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin is a vaccine given to prevent tuberculosis. For children under five years of age, the vaccine is given free.
  5. Finish your entire course of medication. Stopping or skipping your medication poses a chance for TB bacteria to develop, resulting to difficulty in treating the disease.
  6. Avoid close contact with TB patients. If a family member is diagnosed with TB, sleep in a separate room and designate personal utensils.
Ref: Accessed February 2020 Accessed February 2020