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  • Hepatitis A Investigation

    The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is investigating an outbreak of hepatitis A cases and has identified a potential association with smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants in Virginia. As of 12:00 pm on *August 31, 2016, 55 Virginia residents who had tested positive for hepatitis A (28 in Northern, 9 in Northwest, 12 in Eastern, 6 in Central, 0 in southwest) reported consuming a smoothie at Tropical Smoothie Café prior to becoming ill. Approximately 46% of the residents, for whom information is available, have been hospitalized for their illness. The 55 ill residents range in age from 14-68. Onsets of…Read more

  • National Breastfeeding Awareness Month

    August is National Breastfeeding Month in Virginia!  Exclusively breastfeeding provides babies the perfect nutrition, and everything they need for healthy growth and development.  Breastfeeding is good for mom too and reduces her risk for certain cancers, and makes it easier to lose those excess pounds gained during pregnancy. The Commonwealth of Virginia protects the rights of families to breastfeed whenever and wherever baby is hungry. Learn more about breastfeeding.Read more

  • National Immunization Awareness Month

    Each year in August, National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) provides an opportunity to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan.  Immunizations play an important role in protecting the health of ourselves, our families and our communities.  Now is the perfect time to ensure that you and your loved ones of all ages are up to date on all recommended vaccines.  Remember, vaccines aren’t just for young children.  Specific immunizations are recommended for tweens and teens entering middle school and college, anyone who may be traveling abroad or have certain underlying health conditions, and senior adults age 60 and over. …Read more

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