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Infectious Diseases: Prevention and Management

Many harmful conditions can be prevented by vaccines, also called immunizations. However, the spread of infectious diseases is still common in child care settings. Children naturally explore their environment by touching and putting things in their mouths. While caregivers are busy wiping noses, diapering, preparing snacks, and doing other tasks, they may need new strategies for maintaining good hygiene.

Managing Infectious Disease in Head Start

Young children are more susceptible to infectious diseases because their immune systems are immature. Good practices in Head Start programs can reduce the spread of infection to children, teachers, and the community. Learn about five common illnesses and strategies for controlling them, including working with families and local health professionals.

Resources on Specific Diseases

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Learn more about vaccines and why they are so important to the health and wellness of children and adults.

Topic:Physical Health

Keywords:Diseases, Immunizations

Resource Type: Article

Last Updated: January 25, 2018