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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. The vaccine is not available to the general public. For more information about the vaccine, see Adenovirus Vaccine Information Statement (VIS).

You can protect yourself and others from adenovirus infection by

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • staying home when you are sick

Frequent hand washing is especially important in childcare settings.

For information about hand washing, see CDC’s Clean Hands Save Lives!

To prevent outbreaks of conjunctivitis caused by adenovirus, it is important to keep adequate levels of chlorine in swimming pools.


Most adenovirus infections are mild and typically require only treatment of symptoms.

There is no specific therapy for adenoviruses. Serious adenovirus infections can only be managed by treating symptoms and health complications of the infection.

Learn more about adenoviruses

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