Quick Links and Important Resources
Stay Safe and Healthy While On Vacation
Vaccinate before your vacation. Make sure your vaccinations are current. Many places in the world recommend specific vaccines before you visit. Some diseases that are not common in the United States still exist in other parts of the world. You should get vaccines at least two weeks before you travel.
Virginia Health Information
National Heatstroke Prevention Day – July 31, 2014
Every year across the United States, children die from being left alone in hot cars. Heatstroke deaths can occur in temperatures as low as 57 degrees. Never leave your baby alone in a car, even if the windows are partly open, or the air conditioning is on. For more information about the dangers of heatstroke, visit www.safetyseatva.org or call 1-800-732-8333.
Summer temperatures in Virginia normally climb into the upper 90’s and even reach over 100 degrees at times. The hot temperatures and high heat indexes can cause ill health effects.
The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause cramping, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death. It is important to stay hydrated and seek cool temperature environments until the heat subsides.
Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention
Planning to cool off at the swimming pool or plan a trip to the beach? Learn about ways that swimmers, parents, pool owners and operators, and public health can maximize the health benefits of water activity, while avoiding water-associated illness and injury: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/audience-general-public.html.
7 Ways to Help Prevent Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes can make you sick through their bites. Mosquitoes spread malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya through their bite. Prevent mosquito bites by controlling the number of mosquitoes around you and protecting yourself from their bites. Remember to: