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Chapter 23: Communicable Diseases

Student Web Activities Lesson 2: Common Communicable Diseases

In this lesson, you learned about flu, strep throat, and other common communicable diseases. You can help prevent the spread of germs that cause these diseases by learning some simple good health manners. On the Web site below, you will learn about a common method of germ transmission called droplet spread, and about some simple techniques for stopping it cold.

Links to Explore:
Stopping Germs at Home, Work and School


  • Click on the link and read through the "Stopping Germs at Home, Work, and School" Web page.
  • Then answer the following questions.

What is the main way that illnesses like colds and flu are spread from person to person?
What are the two main ways that droplet spread can transmit germs from person to person?
How long can some viruses and bacteria live on surfaces like cafeteria tables, doorknobs, and desks?
What are the three main ways to stop droplet spread?
In addition to practicing good hygiene, what else can teens do to stay healthy during the flu season?
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