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Virginia Department of Health

Message from the State Health Commissioner

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Seasonal Flu

Influenza activity is widespread in Virginia and typically begins to peak this time of year. As people return to school and work, it’s important to remember the basics of avoiding illness and stopping the spread of flu.

  • It’s not too late to get a flu shot.  Whether you get the shot or nasal mist, vaccination is the best way to reduce illness.
  • Wash your hands. Make sure you wash your hands well and frequently and model this behavior for children.
  • Cover your cough. Cough/sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue—and don’t forget to wash your hands afterward!
  • Stay home if you’re sick. Staying home when you’re sick and keeping children home from school when they are ill helps keep others from catching the flu.

Find out where to get a flu vaccine >>>

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'Virginia Health Information' is a resource for patients and consumers looking to learn about and compare options on everything from obstetrical services, to heart care, to pricing information on commonly performed medical procedures. Virginians can use VHI information to make informed health care purchasing decisions and as the basis for an informed conversation with their health care providers. Learn more>>

National Radon Action Month

January is National Radon Action Month

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency encourages everyone to test their homes for radon, especially during the winter when levels are at their highest and people spend more time indoors with the windows and doors closed.  Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas.  The only way to know if your home has a problem is to test for it.  Radon is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer and the leading cause of lung cancer among people who have never smoked.  Exposure to radon may cause as many as 21,000 cases of lung cancer each year in the United States, including almost 700 cases per year in Virginia.

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Winter Weather Preparedness

Are you ready for winter weather?

Take this time to prepare before a winter emergency hits to reduce the risk of weather-related health problems and injuries. Learn more about preparing yourself and loved ones for winter weather here. More>>

Last Updated: 01-22-2015

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