Sunday, November 16, 2014

Good Health Lesson 27; Infectious and Communicable Diseases


Disease in people is produced by micro-organisms. These micro-organisms are often called germs, or bacteria and viruses.
Sometimes recovery from the disease (such as mumps and measles) produces active protection or immunity. In many cases, the results of disease are such that one cannot take chances, and the disease should be prevented.
Vaccines have been developed to protect people and prevent infection by certain micro-organisms. These vaccines are preparations made from germs to protect one from disease; they are used to immunise people. The vaccines produce immunity in the person but without the discomfort and illness of the actual disease.

There are common infectious and communicable diseases which are passed directly or indirectly from one person to another. These include;
  • tuberculosis
  • poliomyelitis
  • measles
  • mumps
  • diphtheria
  • whooping cough
  • typhoid fever 
Other diseases are passed on to people by means of insects such as fleas, lice, flies or mosquitoes. Some diseases are passed on by coming into contact with animals who carry a disease. Some diseases are spread from person to person through sexual contact.  

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

*Disclaimer; Please note that the information on this Health Post is not meant to replace your Doctor or Health Professional care

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