Common Communicable Diseases

Here are 3 common communicable diseases

Chicken Pox

How do I get it: By being around people with the chicken pox.

Symptoms: Vomiting, fever, red bumps, and itching.

How to get rid of it: Take oatmeal baths and use Anti-itch lotions.

Possible Symptoms: Brain swelling, pneumonia, and skin infection.

Fun Facts: Chickenpox can last up to a week.

It's okay to itch when the red bumps fall off.

The Flu

How do I get it: Usually in the winter by being cooped up indoors all the time.

What is it:
A Respiratory illness caused by Influenza viruses.

Symptoms: Fevers, tiredness, aches, stuffy noses, upset stomachs, sore throat, vomiting, and diarrhea.

How do I get rid of it: Get vaccinated every few days, or a nasal spray, Stay warm and positive, and drink lots of water.

Fun Facts: Last up to a week

Whooping Cough

What is it: A contagious bacterial disease that usually affects children.

Symptoms: Coughing followed by a whoop, runny nose, sneezing, and turning purple or red. Coughing can last up to 1 minute.

How do I get rid of it: get the vaccine.

Things to watch out for: Infants don't whoop, instead they gasp for air and may stop breathing.

Fun facts: More likely to get it between ages 11-18


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