Safe Food Handling for Immunocompromised Individuals
Health Canada’s Safe Food Handling for Immunocompromised Individuals
Some conditions, as well as treatments for certain diseases, can weaken your immune system. When your immune system is weak, it can be harder for your body to fight disease, so you are more likely than the general population to get food poisoning, and to have serious health effects as a result.
Some examples of conditions that can weaken your immune system are:
» Cancer (especially for people getting chemotherapy/ radiation treatments)
» Organ transplant
You will also have lower immunity levels than usual if you are taking high doses of drugs, such as steroids or immune suppressants.
If you have any conditions that can affect your immune system, talk to your doctor about your increased risk of food poisoning.
If you are at increased risk, it is very important that you be careful about what you eat and how you store, prepare and cook your food.
This guide offers helpful advice on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning.