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Jul 10

The top 5 health epidemics that are easily preventable

The top 5 health epidemics that are easily preventable

In most developed countries, the risk of health epidemics happening is very rare. This is due to the fact that almost everyone, if not all of the people residing in these countries have all gotten vaccinations.

But recently, there has been an emerging movement of parents who have opted not to vaccinate their children. Some of these parents are even public figures, such as celebrities, who encourage this practice, this some infections have been spreading. Aside from vaccination, getting screened and tested early on can also combat the spread of these infections.

Here is a list of possible health epidemics that can be easily prevented if proper precautions are taken.

 

  1. Measles – also known as rubeola, this viral infection is highly contagious. When a person who is infected coughs or sneezes, the infection may be released into the air and can live on top of surfaces for several hours. Its symptoms include red eyes, fever, cough, sensitivity to light, achy muscles, sore throats and white spots in the mouth. While there may be adults who may be infected with this virus, it is children who need to get treatment because measles is a leading cause of death in children worldwide.

 

  1. Mumps – another contagious disease that can be transferred through human contact is mumps. Most children usually get the MMR vaccine to prevent contracting this infection, they just need to get a booster shot when they get older.  Because this infection can target adults as well, they also need to get the vaccination to prevent the more serious complications this disease can bring, such as encephalitis or meningitis.

 

  1. Chicken Pox – it’s very rare to get chicken pox twice. This virus usually causes red blisters to occur in the body. But in most countries, it used to be rare to see this disease spreading since the vaccine for the infection was introduced in the 1990s. The usual symptoms for this are loss of appetite, fever and headache followed by bumps all over the body and itchy rash too.

 

  1. Whooping cough – also known as pertussis affects the respiratory system and was very prevalent before the vaccine was introduced. In fact, it used to cause around 9,000 deaths in the United States. Now, due to unvaccinated children and for some whose immunity to the infection is starting to fade, this disease has been spreading again in some parts of the United States. The symptoms of a whooping cough include low-grade fever, mild cough, sneezing and a runny nose.

 

  1. Sexually transmitted diseases – if you are sexually active, you can get STDs if your partner has one. There is no foolproof way to prevent it unless you abstain from having sex. Caused by bacteria or viruses, there are times when there is little to no symptoms at the beginning. To make sure that you are not suffering from any disease, the best thing to do is to get tested for any STD. Testing clinics are available all over the country to try and make the process for testing more private and comfortable for everyone. If you have questions about the process, here is a resource for more information to help you get educated.
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