The smallpox vaccine works but carries real risks who

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The smallpox vaccine works but carries real risks. Who should take it? About Preventing Infection Discuss with the class: 1. What are the pros and cons of smallpox vaccinations? 2. What was Dr. Henderson’s plan to prevent massive smallpox outbreaks in the 1960s and 1970s? Under that plan, would all citizens receive a vaccination if there was an outbreak in the U.S.? Why or why not? 642 Chapter 24 Communicable Diseases HS_HEALTH_U08_C24_CR 12/8/03 5:23 PM Page 642
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643 Chapter 24 Review 1. Goal Setting. Identify three things you can do to lower your risk of contracting a communicable disease. Make a plan to incorporate these strategies into your daily life. Prepare a “Staying Healthy” checklist that gives strategies you can use to reduce the number of infections. (LESSON 1) 2. Advocacy. Check with state and local governments to find out what immuniza- tions are required for admission to schools at various levels from preschool through college. Use this information to create a public service pamphlet that identifies and describes health-related services available in the community that relate to disease prevention and health promotion. (LESSON 2) 3. Accessing Information. Visit health.glencoe.com to link to a site on communi- cable diseases. Choose one of the diseases to research, and create a poster on your chosen disease. Include information about what symptoms accompany the disease, how it is transmitted, what lasting effects it can have on the body, what the trends are, who is most at risk, whether a cure or an effective treatment is available, and whether a vaccination is under development. (LESSON 3) Epidemiologist Did you ever wonder why and how diseases move the way they do? Why is the incidence of a particular disease suddenly on the increase? If these questions interest you, consider a career as an epidemiologist. Epidemiology is a branch of medical science that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of disease. Epidemiologists complete at least six years of college, studying science, human behavior, and bio- statistics. People who want to become epidemiologists should be logical, patient, organized, and curious. Find out more about epidemiology and other health careers by clicking on Career Corner at health.glencoe.com. Parent Involvement Advocacy. Many diseases and emerging infections are spread by vectors. Contact a state or local health department to determine which vector-borne diseases occur most often in the state in which you live. Choose one of these diseases, and interview a local public health official about precautions that can be taken to avoid infection. Be sure to ask what treatments are available to an infected person. Prepare a fact sheet with this information, including a picture of the vector.
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