Although the World Health Organization has been working on a shigella vaccine, nothing is available yet. To prevent the spread of shigella:

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Supervise small children when they wash their hands
  • Dispose of soiled diapers properly
  • Disinfect diaper-changing areas after use
  • Don't prepare food for others if you have diarrhea
  • Keep children with diarrhea home from child care, play groups or school
  • Avoid swallowing water from ponds, lakes or untreated pools
  • Avoid sexual activity with anyone who has diarrhea or who recently recovered from diarrhea
July 08, 2015