Disease prevention are the measures taken to stop disease from occurring. Action is taken to reduce risk factors for becoming ill. Taking the primary measures of disease prevention can protect yourself and others from becoming ill. Preventing the spread of infectious diseases requires infection-control methods that will be laid out later in this module. Some of these procedures include washing your hands and keeping workspaces clean.
Methods of disease prevention include:
Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions to date, averting an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. Vaccines are one of the greatest public health achievements. Vaccines help your body build an immunity to a disease before you get sick. They contain traces of an agent or an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism. This allows your body to detect the invading pathogens and produce antibodies to fight them. Vaccines help build up your immune system. It is important to get vaccinated to help protect yourself and those around you. The health and life expectancy of populations have improved since the development of vaccines.
Note: It is important to consult your healthcare provider regarding your immunization status.
Examples of illnesses that vaccines help prevent include:
Did you wake up feeling sick? Can’t get out of bed? If you are feeling any symptoms of illness, it might be a good idea to stay home. Do not go into work if you are sick. If you are sick and go to work, you increase the time your body needs to recover. You will also put those at your workplace at risk for getting sick.
If you are at work and begin to feel sick, it is advisable to go home. If you are unable to get any work done or concentrate on work due to being sick, ask to go home. This will also reduce the risk of spreading your illness to others in your workplace.
The primary goal of identifying signs of illness is to help individuals prevent or reduce the spread of illness in the workplace.
Minimizing the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace is important. Minimizing the spread keeps staff safe and well at work. An infectious disease in the workplace is a workplace hazard.
Healthy practices to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in the workplace include:
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