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2014 – 2015 Flu Season

Influenza is commonly referred to as the “flu.”  The flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.  It is recommended that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot.  Remember the basics of avoiding illness and stopping the spread of flu.  Flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. 

  • 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 >>>

Virginia Health Information
'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 Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.  VDH encourages you to talk with your health care provider about immunizations your child needs.

Celebrate Service Week

National Volunteer Week

This week is the perfect opportunity for you to consider volunteering your time and expertise to organizations within your community. The Virginia Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) is a group of dedicated volunteers who stand ready to support the community in the event of a public health emergency. MRC volunteers include medical and public health professionals such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians and epidemiologist. Many community members – interpreters, chaplains, office workers, legal advisers and others- can fill key support positions. Become a volunteer today!

Advance Healthcare Directive Registry

Advance Healthcare Directive Registry

April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  All adults can benefit from thinking about what their health care choices would be if they are unable to speak for themselves.  These decisions can be written down in an advance directive so that others know what they are.  VDH provides a free, secure tool to store end of life documents that protect your legal rights and ensure your medical wishes are honored if you are unable to manage your own care. Visit the Advance Health Care Directive Registry to get started.

Summer Food Rocks

Serving Summer Meals to Virginia Children

The Summer Food Service Program provides free meals and snacks to help children get the nutrition they need during the summer when they are out of school. If your organization is interested in participating in Virginia’s Summer Food Service Program, please submit an application by April 24, 2015 to see if you qualify. All new participants must complete trainings to take part in the program and can register for trainings online. Visit the Summer Food Service Program to learn more.

STD Awareness Month

Know the Facts and Get Yourself Tested

Over 43,000 Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) were reported in Virginia last year. Two out of three STDs are among 15-24 year olds. Each of these infections is a possible threat to a person’s health and well-being. STDs do not always have symptoms, so it is important to get tested on a regular basis. Take charge of your health and find a site near you to get tested. Talk to a trained hotline counselor at 1-800-533-4148 or by email. Visit Virginia’s STD homepage to learn more. April is STD Awareness Month.

Last Updated: 04-17-2015

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