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: 978-1-100-15362-9
Cat. No.: H34-220/1-2010E

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Health Canada and the Assembly of First Nations 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 First Nations youth who created the storylines and characters and brought such enthusiasm and energy to the project. Thanks are also extended to the First Nation Artists who professionally illustrated this work.

TB is curable!

TB is curable!

  1. Home with a "welcome home" banner. Grandmother holding a baby girl, grandfather and younger teenage brother greet teenage sister.
    Grandmother - "Welcome home! You look great!"
  2. Close up of sister - "That's sweet. Thank you, Grandma. But I was only gone for a few weeks."
  3. Sitting at a table

    Grandpa - "Why are we celebrating? Once you have Tuberculosis, you always have it."

    Sister - "That's not true, Grandpa. The nurses said TB is 100% curable"
  4. Close up of sister - "All I have to do is take all my meds for the next 9 months. Then I'll be completely cured."
  5. Brother and sister side by side

    Sister - "And don't sweat it, Jimmy. You can't catch it from me anymore."
  6. Brother and sister side by side

    Brother - "Did the treatment hurt?"

    Sister - "Nah. They took super good care of me. The worst part was the food."
  7. Close up of brother - "You're pretty upbeat for someone who just got out of the hospital."
  8. Sister smiling with brother behind her

    Sister - "You bet. TB, you couldn't keep me down!"
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. Teenage sister and grandparents sitting on a couch, baby girl on the floor in an exersaucer, and teenage brother sitting in a chair. Jimmy is coughing.

    Sister - "Jimmy, you're still coughing? Dude, you gotta get tested for Tuberculosis."
  2. Close up of brother and sister

    Brother - "I was gonna. But I was gone for that hockey tournament."
  3. Close up of sister and brother

    Sister - "Seriously, that's no excuse."

    Brother - "Ah, it's just a cold. It's nothing"
  4. Close up of sister - "You don't know that. You have to get tested for TB, just like I did."
  5. Sister with Grandmother and Grandfather beside her on a couch, and baby on exersaucer.

    Sister - "You might get Grandma, Grandpa and little Julie sick."
  6. Close up of brother - "Good call. Jimmy's off!"
  7. Brother walking into 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 boy at the clinic, looking at a TB poster, coughing.

    Nurse - "Hey, Skinny Jimmy. What's up?"

    Teenage boy - "Not much. Just hangin"
  2. Nurse facing teenage boy - "What's up with that cough? How long have you had it?"
  3. Teenage boy looking at this reflection in a trophy case, admiring his thin moustache - "I dunno. Since I started growing my stache, I think".
  4. Nurse - "Well, how long has that been? A year?"

    Teenage boy - "Nice burn. Like, three weeks or something."
  5. Close up of nurse - "Three weeks coughing! You should get tested for TB. You need a chest x-ray and to cough up some phlegm for the lab."
  6. Nurse facing teenage boy seated on an exam table

    Teenage boy - "So, when the results come back, will I know if I have TB?"

    Nurse - "Yes, and if you do, you can start treatment right away"
  7. Nurse and teenage boy face to face

    Caption: Several days later

    Nurse - "The results are back and they show you have active TB. That's why you've been coughing so much but don't worry, TB is 100% curable!"
  8. Teenage boy smiling - "Sweet!"
Got TB? Take all your medicine!

Got TB? Take all your medicine

  1. Teenage boy at home lying on a couch with Tuberculosis worker entering the room.

    Tuberculosis worker - "Jimmy - Wendy's here!"
  2. Teenage boy sitting up on a couch with Tuberculosis worker standing beside him.

    Teenage boy - "So how come you gotta watch me take my pills?"
  3. Teenage boy sitting up on a couch with Tuberculosis worker standing beside him.

    Tuberculosis worker - "Well, we have ways of doing things here in the community, right?"

    Teenage boy - "Yeah"

    Tuberculosis worker - "I'm the DOT worker and this is the best way to treat TB."

    Teenage boy - "So that's all you're gonna do?"
  4. Close up of Tuberculosis worker - "Yup. Watch you take your meds two times a week until you're done in 9 months."
  5. Teenage boy on couch, holding one up one foot - "Jeez, it's like we're going steady. Rub my feet while you're here, will you?"
  6. Tuberculosis worker standing beside couch looking at smiling teenage boy on couch.

    Tuberculosis worker - "Ya right, like that's going to happen!!!! Take your pills."

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

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