A communicable disease is a condition caused by a specific infectious germ and its toxic products. There are many different communicable diseases including influenza, chickenpox and the common cold. Communicable diseases can be transmitted from an infected person, animal or non-living object (i.e. desks, books, doorhandles, etc.) to another person. When children are in a group setting, such as at school, and are working and playing closely together, infections and diseases can spread more easily.
Early recognition and prompt treatment of illness or infestation can significantly reduce the spread of communicable disease in the school setting. Protect yourself and others by preventing the spread of illness through hand washing, proper cough and sneeze etiquette, immunization, and staying home when ill.
If you suspect you or your child has a communicable disease, please seek medical care.
Further questions about communicable diseases? Contact your local health unit or school nurse.