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Prevention

There is currently no adenovirus vaccine available to the general public.

A vaccine against adenovirus types 4 and 7 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March 2011, for U.S. military personnel only. For more information about the vaccine, see Adenovirus Vaccine Information Statement (VIS).

You can protect yourself and others from adenoviruses and other respiratory illnesses by following a few simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (see CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives!).
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Frequent handwashing is especially important in childcare settings and healthcare facilities.

Adenoviruses are resistant to many common disinfectant products and can remain infections for long periods on surfaces, objects, and in water of swimming pools and small lakes. It is important to keep adequate levels of chlorine in swimming pools to prevent outbreaks of conjunctivitis caused by adenoviruses. For guidance to prevent adenovirus infections in healthcare settings, see Prevention & Treatment for Health Care Professionals.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for people with adenovirus infection. Most adenovirus infections are mild and may require only care to help relieve symptoms.

Learn more about adenoviruses

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