If in doubt, leave it out.

After your transplant, your immune system is highly suppressed. Immunosuppressive medication help lower the risk of your transplanted organ being

rejected, however, these medicines also weaken your body’s immune system and ability to fight infection. Taking these medications increases your risk of fighting off harmful or pathogenic germs like bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Many of these pathogens are foodborne. You can help lower your risk of infection by the following:

  • Avoid raw eggs and dishes that include raw eggs.

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.

  • Do not defrost foods on the counter. Defrost food in the refrigerator.

  • Use separate utensils and cutting boards for raw meat and other foods items.

  • Always wash your hands before preparing foods and between handling raw meats and eggs.

  • Wash fruit and vegetables and salads well.

  • Avoid raw or undercooked meats, raw seafood, shellfish, and sushi.

  • Avoid unpasteurized milk and dairy products.

  • Avoid moldy cheeses.

  • Avoid unpasteurized fruit juices and ciders.

  • Be careful when eating out.

  • Beware of buffets, salad bars, smoothies and raw sprouts.

  • Avoid damaged fruit and vegetables.

  • Avoid foods that are spoiled, mouldy or past its “use by” date.

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