David J. Sencer CDC Museum:
In Association with the Smithsonian Institution
Disease Cards - Set 2
This card set has photos and information about some of the infectious diseases that CDC studies. You can view the set online OR download and print your own copy. To view or print your own set, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download a free copy at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.htm.
Infectious Disease Series 2
Before Vaccines [PDF 190KB]
Before vaccines, many children died from diseases that vaccines now prevent, such as whooping cough, measles, and polio.
Chickenpox [PDF 165KB]
Chickenpox is a disease caused by infection with the varicella zoster virus, which causes fever and an itchy rash.
Diphtheria [PDF 173KB]
Diphtheria is a respiratory diseae caused by bacteria.
Hepatitis A [PDF 180KB]
Hepatitis A is caused by a virus that causes disease of the liver.
Hib [PDF 200KB]
Hib is a bacterial disease. Hib is not related to influenza (flu).
Measles [PDF 188KB]
Measles is a serious disease. Every year, measles still kills over 700,000 people around the world.
Mumps [PDF 161KB]
Mumps is causes by a virus that spreads from one person to another by coughing, sneezing, or simply talking.
Pertussis [PDF 181KB]
Pertussis, Whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory tract infection.
Polio [PDF 132KB]
Polio is caused by a virus that lives in throats and intestines.
Rubella [PDF 182KB]
Rubella is an acute viral disease that causes fever and rash.
Tetanus [PDF 157KB]
Tetanus (lockjaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body.
Vaccines [PDF 175KB]
Without vaccines, epidemics of many preventable diseases could return, resulting in increased – and unnecessary – illness, disability, and death.