Immunizations and Treatments for Infectious Diseases
Immunizations play an important role in the prevention of infectious diseases, which are caused by certain types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. While not all infectious diseases can be prevented through immunizations, many can, including:
- Chickenpox (varicella)
- Hepatitis A and B
- HPV (human papilloma virus)
- Flu (influenza)
- Japanese encephalitis
- Shingles (herpes zoster)
- TB (tuberculosis)
Individuals who have already contracted an infectious disease are often prescribed medication to combat the infection-causing organism. For example, since infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi, a physician may prescribe either antibiotic, antiviral, antiparasitic, or antifungal medication. Depending on the type and extent of the infection, further treatment may be required.
Many patients turn to natural therapies such as essential plant oils and supplements to combat the symptoms of an infectious disease. While these methods often deliver positive results, they should not be used in place of prescribed medications or immunizations. It is also important to consult with a physician prior to using these methods, since such substances may cause allergic reactions or interfere negatively with prescribed medication.
With a team of experienced physicians, surgeons, and infectious disease specialists, Tampa General Hospital offers a full spectrum of infectious disease treatment. For a physician referral please use our PhysicianFinder.