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Free CME and CE Training Opportunities Available for Health Care Professionals

Free CME and CE courses on public health for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals discuss topics such as nutrition, child health, prevention and health promotion. Visit the training opportunities page to learn more.

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>>

VDH Wishes you a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

The holidays are a great time of year to spend with your family, decorate and to share fantastic meals.  Be sure to follow these food safety tips to ensure no one misses out on the festivities.

  1. Clean. Wash hands, cutting boards, utensils, and countertops.
  2. Separate. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  3. Cook.  Use a food thermometer to ensure that foods are cooked to a safe internal temperature: 145°F for whole meats, 155°F for ground meats, and 165°F for all poultry, wild game, stuffed poultry and meats.
  4. Chill. Keep your refrigerator below 40°F, and refrigerate food that will spoil.

Learn more about ways to keep your family safe from foodborne illnesses
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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is on December 1, 2015.  This annual awareness day gives people the opportunity to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV, and remember those who have died.  World AIDS Day, initiated in 1998, is the first ever global health day.

To find an event for World AIDS Day 2015, visit the Division of Disease Prevention’s Event Page.  Events on the Google Community Calendar will be sorted by region of the state.

For information on HIV/AIDS as well as STDs, Tuberculosis and Viral Hepatitis, please call the Disease Prevention Hotline at (800) 533-4148.

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Image courtesy of VDEM, Damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are destructive and dangerous. Not only do strong winds cause severe damage but after a storm there may be flooding, downed power lines, damage from mold and other health risks. Even if there is no risk of a hurricane, right now it is the perfect time to prepare. Don’t delay.

Learn more about hurricanes and other tropical storms so you can be prepared to keep your family safe.

Last Updated: 11-24-2015

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