- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Prevent Tularemia
Antibiotics may be ordered in the event of a terrorism exposure. People may be placed on a fever watch-receiving drugs after developing a fever or flu-like symptoms. A vaccine exists to help prevent tularemia. It only is partially effective. The vaccine is not available in the US and not recommended for the general population. It is recommended for laboratory workers who are in regular, close contact with large quantities of the organism.
Measures to prevent the disease from natural causes include:
- Do not handle sick or dead animals.
- Wear gloves, mask, and goggles if skinning or butchering.
- Completely cook game meats.
- Wear protective clothing if in areas where ticks or deer flies live.
- Use tick repellant.
- Check skin often for ticks.
- Do not touch a tick with your hand.
- Follow precautions when working in a laboratory.