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INFECTIOUS DISEASES

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.

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Prevention is the key to fighting many infectious diseases. Part of preventing the spread of an infectious disease includes proper handwashing 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.

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It is important to remember the health information found on this website is for reference only not intended to replace the advice and guidance of your healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.

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