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.
Quick Links and Important Resources
Virginia Health Information
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.
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
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.
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.
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.