Communicable Disease

No one wants to be sick. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can help prevent the spread of illness and infectious disease that are going around your community. Foodborne illnesses, vaccine-preventable diseases, and sexually transmitted infections are just a few of the infectious diseases that can be prevented with simple, personal actions performed consistently.

While not encompassing all of the risks of communicable or infectious diseases, one of the most powerful and effective ways you can prevent illness is simply washing your hands often. Other personal health actions include to:

Cough and sneeze into your sleeve or tissue

Stay up-to-date on recommended vaccinations

Safely handle and prepare your food

Avoid sharing personal or contaminated items such as razors and toothbrushes

Practice safe sex and know your status

See a healthcare provider when you are ill

It may seem like communicable diseases are out of our control, but PHU2 wants to encourage you – you can take small, simple actions every day to become more informed and take steps to protect yourself from many illnesses and infectious diseases. Check back weekly to see the PHU2 Action of the Week and to review our Personal Public Health Initiatives.