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  • Submitted: 03/02/2008
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AS and A Level Healthcare

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AO2 - Promoting Good Health

The number of health professionals that are involved in the primary care aspects of the health service are vast. You have health visitors, midwives, practice nurses, environmental health officers, health promotion specialists and school nurses. They all prevent ill health on a number of different levels. All health workers work at promoting good health.

Health promotion is about raising the health status of individuals and communities to enable people to increase control over and improve their health.

Health gain, health development and health improvement are the terms that professionals often use while describing the process of working to improve people's health. There are three levels of health promotion.

* Primary prevention

* Secondary prevention

* Tertiary prevention

Primary prevention is to try and eliminate the possibility of getting a disease one way of primary prevention is to give childhood immunisations the primary care sector they immunise children against diseases such as polio, small pox, flu and MMR this is usually done by a nurse at a health centre or the individuals GP surgery. This is to prevent the disease manifesting not only in that one child

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