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Keep people informed about the latest health threats

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Many people fail to listen to the advice from their doctors. In some cases, a medical professional will mention a certain health threat, but the patient will not believe it until it is confirmed by several sources. Surprisingly, more people believe health threats when they hear them from family, friends or even random strangers. This means it is everyone’s responsibility to help spread the word about common health concerns today.


Health conditions which are more common than you think

There is a common misconception in society that several illnesses have been eradicated. On the other hand, some people recognize these illnesses exist, but they believe they will never happen to them. The truth is that these health conditions are more common than most people realize. Here are just a few examples.

Whooping cough: The scientific name is pertussis, and this is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes a severe, hacking cough. There is a vaccination, but some parents choose not to vaccinate their children. Unfortunately, whopping cough can be deadly for infants and children.

Measles: Although a vaccine exists, approximately 200 people get measles every year. It can be a deadly condition and is usually accompanied by high fever, red rash-like welts all over the body and a persistent cough.

Breast cancer: Awareness has risen dramatically over the last few years, but this is a condition some women think they will never experience until it happens to them. Approximately one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime and approximately 40,000 will die from the condition in 2016.

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Deadly flu strains: The flu can be more than a weeklong illness. Certain strains can be deadly and especially dangerous for the young and elderly. According to Harvard Medical School, 36,000 people die each year in the United States and another 200,000 are hospitalized due to the illness.

Help spread the word

The best defense is spreading awareness. As more people become aware of the risks and learn about the symptoms, the greater their chances are of avoiding these health problems. Here are a few suggestions for getting the word out about the commonality and seriousness of these illnesses.

Digital and physical advertising: One of the best ways to grab attention is through advertising and by utilizing the power of signage and banners. The right colors, text and images can help you evoke emotions that are strong enough to inspire change in society.

Share on social media: If you come across a heartbreaking story of someone who has contracted an illness or have experienced something firsthand, then you may want to share it on social media. You will be amazed how many people look at your profile and could be moved by what you share.

Become more informed: As you learn more about health issues, you can help others recognize the problems. Attending conferences, researching online, speaking to doctors and learning about firsthand experiences are some of the best ways for you to grow your knowledge and improve your chances of spreading positive information.

Display bumper stickers: You can let everyone around you know about serious illnesses by displaying bumper stickers. You cannot fit a lot of information on a bumper sticker, but you can prompt viewers to seek more information, which is often one of the best options while trying to spread the word about life-threatening illnesses.