• April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month – Talk.Test.Treat.

    STDs are a major concern. There are over 40,000 new STDs diagnosed in Virginia each year. Protect your sexual health during STD Awareness Month, and all year long with Talk.Test.Treat. Talk - Talk openly and honestly to your partner(s) and your healthcare provider about sexual health and STDs. Test - Get tested. It is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD; find a testing site near you. Treat - If you test positive for an STD, work with your doctor to get the correct treatment. Visit Virginia’s STD homepage to learn more.Read more

  • CDC Childhood Immunization Champion

    Congratulations to Delicia Claure, RN, BSN, of the Arlington Pediatric Center, this year’s Childhood Immunization Champ. The CDC Foundation and CDC have recognized her as an immunization leader for her work to ensure that children in her community have the safe, proven disease protection of vaccines. Read about her work and learn about the amazing work all of the Champions are doing.Read more

  • National Infant Immunization Week

      National Infant Immunization Week, April 16-23, 2016, 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.  View the recommended immunizations for children (birth through 6 years).Read more

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  • USDA Summer Champion Awards

    Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and State Health Commissioner Dr. Marissa J. Levine presented the USDA Summer Champion Awards to representatives from WIC vendors Food Lion, Fresh Market and Grant’s Market for their efforts in promoting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In partnership with the Virginia No Kid Hungry Campaign, The Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Community nutrition helped spread the word that citizens can text the word “Food” to 877-877 in order to find the closest sites that offer a SFSP feeding location. These three vendors promoted the texting service by alerting their customers that they could text to find a meal site. This contributed to a significant increase in the texting service as compared to 2014, and an increase of over 170,000 meals served!Read more

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