Strep Throat (GAS) (cont.)

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How can I prevent contracting strep throat?

While there is no vaccine available to prevent strep throat, there are several behaviors to lessen the likelihood of developing a strep throat infection. These include:

  • Avoid people with sore throats, and especially those with documented strep throat, until they have taken antibiotics for more than 48 hours
  • Wash your hands frequently after using items which may harbor the GAS bacteria (for example, dishes and utensils)
  • Don't share food or drinks with a sick individual
  • Encourage ill individuals to cover their nose and mouth when they sneeze or cough.


American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book. Group A Streptococcal Infections. 2012: 668. Is it Strep Throat?

Pichichero, Michael. Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcal Infections. Pediatrics in Review. 1998; 19: 291-302.

Wald, Ellen. Antibiotic Treatment of Pharyngitis. Pediatrics in Review. 2001; 22: 255.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/20/2015

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