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Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (cont.)

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Prevention and Vaccines

Appropriate infection control practices are recommended to prevent the spread of hand, foot, and mouth disease. Good hand hygiene (washing hands) is always important. Children infected with the virus causing hand, foot, and mouth disease generally have mild illness and recover within one week of developing symptoms. There is no vaccine; however, the illness is typically mild and self-limited, and children generally cannot develop the illness twice. In addition, most adults have persistent immunity and cannot become infected either.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/20/2014

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