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
Staying Healthy During Hot Weather
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:
Lynchburg Train Derailment—Update
May 9, 2014
The recreational water advisory for the James River has been lifted. VDH reviewed sample results for four river locations: just upstream of the incident, immediately downstream, 30 miles downstream, and 130 miles downstream. Results do not indicate that fuel contaminants are currently present at levels of health concern. In addition, no confirmed oil sheen sightings have occurred since May 2, 2014. VDH will continue to review any additional sampling data and inform the public of any identified health risks.
VDH Office of Drinking Water continues to work closely with CSX, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local waterworks to monitor any potential impact of the April 30, 2014 oil spill into the James River.
Virginia waterworks have taken steps to protect their water supply from any potential impact. Consumers have not experienced any change to or suspension in drinking water service.
More information can be found on the Lynchburg Train Derailment FAQ.