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Scientists do not know the cause of most forms of myositis. For this reason, there are no official guidelines for preventing myositis.

Only infectious myositis and drug-induced myositis are potentially preventable. To help prevent these illnesses:

  • Get a flu shot each year.

  • Thoroughly cook pork and other meats.

  • Never inject illegal drugs under your skin or into your muscles. With prescription drugs that are injected, the injection site should be as clean as possible.

  • Keep your skin clean.

  • Take the lowest number and lowest doses of medications that are necessary. Routine blood tests to look for drug-induced muscle injury may be helpful as well.

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