With the increasing cases on Zika virus it’s crucial to remain informed, as well as introduce safety precautions for disease control and prevention. What measures can be instituted to support the control of viral transmission? Let’s first discuss the virus. Zika is a viral infection transmitted to humans through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. It is in question if viral transmission can spread through bodily fluids like saliva, yet further testing is required. To date, there are no medications to treat Zika or vaccine currently available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shares insights on Zika stating, “Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.” Fortunately, safety precautions can be instituted to promote health and disease prevention.
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It’s a great opportunity to focus on disease control and prevention as we acknowledge Immunization Awareness this month. Vaccinations aren’t intended just for children, but for healthy adults as well. Immunizations aim to protect individuals from acquiring infections and controlling the spread of disease. Elderly and infant caretakers, as well as people who interact with clients of low immunity or other health conditions should get vaccinated. The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) states, “Immunization is especially important for adults 60 years of age and older, and for those who have a chronic condition such as asthma, COPD, diabetes or heart disease.”