My team and I at VDH will continue to work tirelessly to do our very best to protect people in Virginia from Ebola. This work will be done through the strong relationships that already exist with our partners to make sure that we are all prepared to respond. In addition, we will continually re-evaluate our plans and procedures as new information arises with this rapidly changing issue. We also want to be sure you have the most accurate and timely information to be able to make good decisions to protect your health. Please submit your questions and ideas for improving our communications and materials here.
Quick Links and Important Resources
VDH Closely Monitoring Increased Nationwide Activity of Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68)
A recent report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of two clusters of severe respiratory illness among hospitalized children in Missouri and Illinois where the illness was confirmed to be due to. enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has raised concerns about the potential spread of this virus.
As of October 30, 2014, EV-D68 has been laboratory confirmed in the Southwest, Central, Northern and Eastern Regions of Virginia.
For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html?s_cid=cdc_homepage_whatsnew_001
Virginia Health Information
Get Your Flu Vaccine!
Influenza is commonly referred to as the “flu”. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu.
Did you know that everyone needs a flu vaccine—every flu season? The flu vaccine is available by shot or nasal spray. The best way to protect yourself and your child is with the flu vaccine. Get your flu vaccine today!
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Countdown to Virginia Quit Day
Oct. 20 - Nov. 20, 2014
Virginia Quit Day is November 20. Get ready to quit tobacco now by joining the Countdown to Quit. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get daily tips to help you and your loved ones be better prepared for a successful quit. You can also get help quitting by calling the Virginia Quitline at 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or visit www.QuitNow.net/Virginia. Assistance for deaf and hearing-impaired TTY is available at 800-332-8615.
CDC Health Advisory: Acute Neurological Illness with Limb Weakness of Unknown Cause in Children