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Fighting infectious diseases today is much easier than in the past. With proper hygiene and proper precautions, in addition to numerous vaccines and rapidly advancing medical technology, people are better equipped than ever to avoid getting sick.
Prevention is the key to fighting many infectious diseases. Part of preventing the spread of an infectious disease includes proper hand-washing techniques; taking certain precautions, depending on the disease; following the nationally recommended immunization schedule for children and adults, and taking medications correctly.
Even with proper prevention, sometimes a disease is unavoidable. Some reasons include evolution of drug-resistant strains of a disease; changes in a person's environment; increased travel; inappropriate use of prescription drugs; and lack of attention to proper personal hygiene.
Please follow these links to learn more about the immune system and problems that may occur with its functions.
- All about the Immune System
- AIDS/HIV in Children
- Diptheria in Children
- Fever in Children
- Hepatitis in Children
- Herpes Simplex Virus / Cold Sores
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Human Parainfluenza Viruses (HPIVs)
- Infectious Mononucleosis in Adolescents
- Influenza (Flu) in Children
- Lyme Disease in Children
- Meningitis in Children
- Poliomyelitis (Polio) in Children
- Rabies in Children
- Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
- Rotavirus Infections
- Rubella (German Measles) in Children
- Rubeola (Measles)
- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Tetanus in Children
- Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DTaP)
- Tuberculosis (TB)
- West Nile Virus
- Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
Prevention of Infectious Disease
Prevention is the key to stopping the spread of many infectious diseases and sometimes can make the difference between life and death. Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. Unfortunately, improper or infrequent hand washing continues to be a major factor in the spread of disease. Other important ways to prevent infection include following the appropriate immunization schedule and using precautions with pets.