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Preventing Infectioius Diseases


Lifetime Wellness

Five Agents 1. Bacteria- Tiny single celled organisms that can cause diseases. Most bacteria are harmless, in fact some is helpful. Some bacteria cause illness when they grow on or in your body. 2. Virusesdisease causing

particles made up of a gene strand and a protein coat. Reproduce by taking control of the living cell and making it make more viruses. 3. Fungiabsorb the nutrients of living or dead organisms. Athlete’s foot is an example

4. ProtistsLarger, more complex than bacteria. Some account for diseases. E.g. Malaria 5. Parasites get energy by feeding off of other living things. Lice, tapeworms, and roundworms are examples

Infectious Diseases Spread Person to Person- Sneezing, coughing, kissing, drinking from the same glass and sexual contact are all ways that people can spread disease from one person to the next.

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Food and Water- When you consume contaminated food or water you can introduce pathogens into your system Environment- Pathogens can be present on the objects around you. Phones, keyboards, and pencils are examples of objects that pathogens can exist on. Animals- You can develop diseases that are transferred to you from your pets.



Treatments of Diseases Bacteria- Get antibiotics to fight the insurgents. Bacteria are microorganisms that attack the body and can be killed with medication. Virus- Get medications to

relieve the symptoms. Viruses force the cells to make more of themselves Fungus- Antifungal medication and keep it clean to prevent the fungus from spreading

Protist- Good hygiene and sanitation, see a doctor to receive treatment Parasite- Don’t share combs or hats to prevent the spread of lice.

Preventing Antibiotic Resistance FIRST- Don’t ask your doctor for antibiotics if you do not have a bacterial disease SECOND- Do what the prescription says and take the medicine as long as it is prescribed to take.

Section 2 Protecting yourself from infectious diseases

How your body fights diseases Physical barriers Skin- Your skin keeps pathogens and harmful chemicals from entering your body and uses oils on it to fight and kill pathogens. Mucous Membranes- Forms a barrier much like skin to stop the bacteria from entering. This barrier often traps the bacteria and keeps it from entering the body Chemicals- Many of the chemicals in your body destroy pathogens. Sweat is acidic and prevents the growth of bacteria. Your stomach also creates acid to kill bacteria.

Staying Well Protect yourself Eat a healthy balanced diet Drink water Reduce your stress levels Exercise regularly Get regular medical checkups Avoid contact with sick people Get enough sleep

When you are sickSymptoms are the changes that you notice in your body when you are getting sick. Some symptoms are from the pathogens and some

Inflammatory response- inflammation is a reaction to a pathogen entering the body. The inflammatory response is a result of your body attacking the pathogens. The blood cells are attempting to get more flow to the area and therefore help it more.

Immune system- A system made up of special blood cells and antibodies that fight the intruders. They travel through the lymphatic system. This system carries things to your lymph nodes where white blood cells are stored.

are a reaction from your body. Stay home Drink water Follow doctor’s directions Wash hands



Preventing Disease


Get vaccinatedVaccines are prepared weakened pathogens that are put into the body in order for it to develop a resistance to the disease Keep clean and healthy. Maintain good hygiene. Wash hands: Before eating

After handling uncooked foods After using the restroom After sneezing Don’t share personal items Cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing Be on guard: Wear long sleeves Use insect repellant

Section 3 Common infectious diseases No matter how healthy everyone can get sick. Young and old are the most susceptible but we all run the risk of contracting a disease.

Inside Story Headline The purpose of a newsletter is to provide specialized information to a targeted audience. Newsletters can be a great way to market your product or service, and also to create credibility and build your

organization’s identity among peers, members, employees, or vendors. First, determine the audience of the newsletter. This could be anyone who might benefit from the

information it contains, for example, employees or people interested in purchasing a product or in requesting your services. You can compile a mailing list from business reply

cards, customer information sheets, business cards collected at trade shows, or membership lists. You might consider purchasing a mailing list from a company.


Common bacterial diseases Tetanus

Strep throat



Severe muscle cramps

Sore throat, fever, yellow specks on tonsils

Transmission: Transmission: Tetanus bacteria are commonly found in soil and enter the body through cuts/ wounds. Prevention:

Spread by contact of mucus from the infected person Prevention: avid contact with infected people

Series of vaccinations when young

Common Viral diseases Flu



Symptoms: scratchy throat, sneezing, runny nose, cough

Headache, sore throat, sore muscles, fever, fatigue, vomiting, cough Transmission: Spread by contact of mucus with infected person Prevention: vaccination and avoiding contact with infected person. Treatment: Flu medication and rest and fluids

Transmission: spread by contact with mucus of infected person Prevention: washing hands regularly and avoiding contact with infected people Treatment rest and fluids

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Other infections

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Athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm are examples. Occurs when a fungi comes into contact with skin. Keep clothing dry and maintain good hygiene

Malaria is an example. Amebic dysentery is an inflammation of the intestine caused by an amoeba.

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Parasites: Hookworms, Flukes,

Oraganizations The lentz center provides cheap health care to those in need and often provides vaccination to the less fortunate.

The little clinic at Kroger acts as a quick and easy place to stop and receive care for common problems or sicknesses that you may have.

pinworms, and tapeworms are examples. Eating infected food drinking infected water, and being bitten can cause these. Overthe-counter medications and hygiene usually treat head lice.


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