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Medical myth busting: Separating fact from fiction about colds and flu

We ask an infection prevention expert to bust myths and offer tips on staying healthy during cold and flu season

Nov. 16, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

With flu season approaching and cold season already well underway, we asked Dr. Steve Pergam, an assistant member of Fred Hutch’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division and director of infection prevention at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, to offer tips on how to stay healthy – and, failing that – how not to infect others when germs are on the march.

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When the doctor is the patient

A kidney transplant and a cancer diagnosis helped shape the career of infection-control expert Steve Pergam

March 23, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

As director of infection control at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and an infectious disease researcher at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Dr. Steve Pergam works to protect a subset of people who are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases: cancer patients.

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Protecting the most vulnerable

What a growing measles outbreak means for those with cancer and others who can’t get the vaccine

Feb. 6, 2015 | By Joely Johnson Mork / Fred Hutch News Service

As the measles outbreak continues to spread, those who can't get vaccinated due to medical reasons are among the most vulnerable.

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When a cold can kill: Cancer, transplant patients at risk from ordinary viral infections

Flu shots, hand hygiene and a healthy fear of public germs can help keep them safe during recovery, experts say

Oct. 21, 2014 | By JoNel Aleccia / Fred Hutch News Service

Ordinary viral infections can pose an extraordinary risk to people with compromised immune systems. From the germs that cause influenza to those that trigger the common cold, respiratory viruses can cause severe illness, costly complications and even death in patients already battling disease.

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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance program reduces infection-caused illnesses

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance program reduces infection-caused illnesses

March 23, 2009

An aggressive infection-control program at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance that mixes common sense measures with medical informatics has drastically reduced the number and rate of infection-caused illness since its inception three years ago. “Our rates of infection appear to be several fold lower than those seen at comparable institutions,” said Dr. Corey Casper, medical director of the infection-control program.

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