Preventive healthcare (alternately preventive medicine) consists of measures taken for disease prevention, in contradiction to disease treatment. Health is affected by various factors, such as
environmental factors, disease agents, genetic background and lifestyle choices. Disease prevention relies on actions that can be taken at different levels of healthcare.
What is Prevention? It is a critical and often neglected part of medicine and its practice by physicians. Noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 68% of all deaths globally in 2012, up from 60% in 2000 according to the WHO and tobacco use is a major cause of many of the world’s top killer diseases. Diseases preventable due to vaccination, are on the rise, due to the recent, unbased and deadly trend of antiVaccination movements. Vaccination has contributed to the eradication of smallpox, yet despite that, according to the WHO, at least 2 million people of all ages die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases.