Tuberculosis - Get Tested, Get Treatment and Get Cured!

Note: The recommendation has changed and you should now get tested for TB if you have had a cough for at least 2 weeks.

2010
ISBN: 978-1-100-15365-0
Cat. No.: H34-220/2-2010E

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Health Canada would like to thank all those who participated in the development of these illustrated storylines. It is through the contribution of many that this publication was made possible. Special recognition is extended to those Inuit youth who created the storylines and characters and brought such enthusiasm and energy to the project. Thanks are also extended to the Inuit Artists who professionally illustrated this work.

TB is Curable!

TB is curable!

  1. Two teenage friends in a home where one is sitting in a chair and the other is laying down on a couch.

    Teenage boy #1 on couch - "My mom has tuberculosis. We just found out"
  2. Teenage boy #2 on chair - "Is she going to be all right?"
  3. Teenage boy #1 on couch - "I don't know"
  4. Teenage boy #2 on chair - "Let's search online."
  5. Teenage boy #2 sitting at a computer with teenage boy #1 standing beside him.
  6. Teenage boy #2 - "Dude! It says TB is 100% curable if she takes all her meds."
  7. Teenage boy #1 - "Sweet!"
Cough for 3 weeks or more? Get medical help!

Note: The recommendation has changed and you should now get tested for TB if you have had a cough for at least 2 weeks.

Cough for 3 weeks or more? Get medical help!

  1. Close up of fish being sliced.
  2. Grandfather and teenage boy in a home sitting at a table with a young child in a high chair. Grandfather is coughing.

    Teenage boy - "Grandpa Nuyalia, are you okay?"
  3. Close up of grandfather - "I'm fine. It's just a cold."
  4. Heading - 3 weeks later

    Close up of teenage boy - "Is that the same cough, Grandpa?"
  5. Close up of grandfather - "Yes. It just won't go away"
  6. Close up of grandfather and teenage boy facing each other.

    Teenage boy - "We have to get you tested for tuberculosis, Grandpa Nuyalia. A three week cough is too long to be just a cold or flu."

    Grandfather - "All right, Johnny. If you think it's best."
  7. Caption - Next day

    Grandfather walking toward the door of a clinic.
Get tested for TB!

Note: The recommendation has changed and you should now get tested for TB if you have had a cough for at least 2 weeks.

Get tested for TB.

  1. Teenage girl standing outside school coughing. A sign on the school reads "Inukshuk High School" - "What's up with this cough? Three weeks is long enough, already!"
  2. Teenage girl looking at sign outside school that reads "Tuberculosis Testing Today".
  3. Close up of teenage girl - "That's it. I'm getting tested."
  4. Teenage girl inside school sitting in the TB screening area facing a nurse.

    Teenage girl - "I've had a cough for three weeks that just won't go away. I want to get tested for TB."

    Nurse - "You need a chest x-ray and to cough up some phlegm for the lab."
  5. Caption: Several days later

    Teenage girl and nurse in school clinic facing each other.

    Nurse - "The results are back and you have active TB. That's why you've been coughing so much but don't worry, TB is 100% curable and now you can start treatment."
  6. Close up of girl - "At least I know what it is. I totally feel better now."
  7. Teenage girl speaking with friend outside.

    Caption: A few weeks later

    "I have TB and started the meds a few weeks ago. Now, my cough is almost gone. You should get tested, too. You don't want to pass it on to others, especially little kids that can get really sick from it."
Got TB? Take all your medicine!

Got TB? Take all your medicine

  1. Grandfather in a home lying on a couch - "I don't understand why someone has to watch me take my pills. I'm a grown man."
  2. Teenage boy standing beside grandfather lying on a couch.

    Teenage boy - "And respected too, Grandpa Nuyalia. But that's the TB protocol - a worker watches everyone takes their meds."
  3. Grandfather sitting up on a couch facing grandson standing beside couch.

    Grandfather - "And I don't like strangers coming into the house"

    Teenage boy - "Don't be grumpy, Grandpa. You already know Meeka. She's nice."
  4. Grandfather sitting on a couch facing grandson standing beside couch.

    Grandfather - "Oh yeah. Well, how often is she going to come by the house?"

    Teenage boy - "Two times a week until you're done your treatment in 9 months."
  5. Grandfather sitting on a couch facing grandson standing beside couch.

    Grandfather - "Oh, you're kidding! Well, am I at least allowed to tease her?"

    Teenage boy - "You're such a joker, Grandpa. Meeka will love it.
  6. Caption - Nine months later

    Close up of grandfather - "Thank you, Meeka, the nurse tells me I am cured of TB. Now, there's no chance of me passing this on to anyone in the family, especially my little grandkids. I couldn't have done it without you."

To learn more about tuberculosis visit Health Canada's Tuberculosis Website

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