Seasonal Influenza (Flu)

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Communicable Disease Paper: Seasonal Influenza (Flu) Xavier Vilar Public and Community Health HCS/ 457 Sharon Rose PHD, ARNP October 4, 2012 Abstract There are many communicable diseases through out the world. These diseases affect everyone around the world. This paper will describe affects of seasonal influenza and discuss the efforts to control it. The paper will indentify the environmental factors that relate to the disease. The paper will explain the influence of lifestyles, socioeconomic status, and disease management. We will see how the public health department is doing to help reduce the threat of the disease and will include data findings, evidence based intervention, and a plan to ensure quality health.…show more content…
What people do not know is that most people who are healthy may be able to infect other people beginning one day before any symptoms are develop (PHS, 2012). The main way that the flu virus is passed is through droplets. Droplets may happen when someone who is infected speaks, coughs, or sneeze. Many of these droplets can land in other people mouths or noses that are nearby. Some people may catch the flu virus by touching surfaces that have the virus on them and touching themselves in the mouth, eyes, or nose (CDC,…show more content…
There are two ways to receive the influenza vaccinations. The first and most common way is the flu shot. This is an inactive vaccine, which means that the virus that is contained is killed. This shot is injected in the person arm via intramuscular (NIH, 2012). The second way this vaccine is given is through nasal spray. In this route the person is receiving a live weaken virus that is normally given to people who are healthy between the ages 2- 49 (NIH, 2012). The body will begin to create antibodies after two weeks and this will start to help the body protect itself from the three influenza viruses that are noted which are H1N1, H3N2, and influenza B (NIH, 2012). Indentify Environmental Factors: Socioeconomic, and Disease Management Some environmental factors that need to be taken are the people who are in a lower socioeconomic status. People who live in closer quarters with animals such as ducks, birds, chicken, and pigs are at greater risk for the flu virus to host jump (PHS, 2012). These people are not able to afford to keep their animals in separate spaces where they can keep them away from other human beings to prevent host

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