Hcs 457 Communicable Disease Paper

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Communicable Disease Meggan Wernke HCS/457 November 26, 2012 Qiana Amos Communicable Disease Communicable disease is a disease that is passed on from person to person to another. There are many different ways for a disease to be passed around. Environmental factors can have a role with the spread of a communicable disease. Many preventative measures can be taken to reduce chances of getting a communicable disease. A common communicable disease would be Influenza. Influenza is mistaken for the common cold most of the time. There are many efforts for the prevention of Influenza outbreaks. The lifestyles and socioeconomic status can have some effect on those who may become infected. Communities must work together to fill any gaps in…show more content…
Influenza is also known as the Flu. The flu is a virus that affects the respiratory system in an individual. The flu is highly contagious and is easily passed from one person to the next. According to “Department of Health” (2012) 5%-20% of the population in the United States gets the flu and on average 200,000 individuals are hospitalized due to complications with the flu. Symptoms that start suddenly with the flu is fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and some people have vomiting and diarrhea. Some complications that may arise while sick with the flu are dehydration, pneumonia, and worsen complications of already existing health problems. The flu can be spread from person to person through the germs of coughing or sneezing. There is a flu vaccination that is recommended for all individuals to prevent the flu from happening. If the flu does occur then there is an anti-virus that can be taken for it but normally is prescribed if the symptoms are unbearable. There is also the prevention of passing it along to someone else by having the proper hygiene and coughing

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