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Adenovirus vaccine is for U.S. military only

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

A vaccine specific for adenovirus types 4 and 7 was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in March 2011, for use only in U.S. military personnel who may be at higher risk for infection from these two adenovirus types. For more information about the vaccine, see Adenovirus Vaccine Information Statement (VIS).

Follow simple steps to protect yourself and others

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! )
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

If you’re sick you can help protect others:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid sharing cups and eating utensils with others
  • Refrain from kissing others
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom

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

Maintain proper chlorine levels to prevent outbreaks

Adenoviruses are resistant to many common disinfectant products and can remain infectious for long periods on surfaces and objects. 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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