Countdown to Virginia Quit Day ~ November 17, 2016

Quit DayCountdown to Virginia Quit Day
Are you thinking about quitting tobacco? Do you know someone who is? Get your quit plan together now by joining the Countdown to Quit. Receive daily tips and resources by following VDH on Facebook and Twitter. Beginning October 18, and continuing through Virginia Quit Day, November 17, you will find a different tip each day to help you prepare for your big quit. Tips cover topics such as preparing a quit plan, building social support and understanding withdrawal symptoms. The Countdown is not just for people wanting to quit tobacco, but for their loves ones as well. The tips provided… Read more


  • Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 23-29

    Protecting children from exposure to lead is important to lifelong good health. No safe blood lead level in children has been identified. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected. Prevent lead poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! The goal is to prevent lead exposure to children before they are harmed. There are many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead. The most important is stopping children from coming into contact with…Read more

  • Scare Away Foodborne Bacteria This Halloween

    Halloween is a fun holiday for people of all ages, but don’t let foodborne bacteria trick its way into your holiday party! Follow these tips for partygoers and party throwers to stay safe this Halloween: Remind kids (and adults!) to wash their hands before and after enjoying their Halloween treats. Keep all perishable foods chilled to prevent the most frightful bacteria from multiplying. This includes foods like finger sandwiches, cheese platters, fruit or tossed salads, cold pasta dishes with meat, poultry, or seafood, and desserts with whipped-cream and cream-cheese frostings. Arrange food on several small platters, and refrigerate platters until…Read more

  • Updated Regulations for Disease Reporting

    The Virginia Regulations for Disease Reporting and Control has been updated.  If you are a health care professional, reporting specific conditions helps control the spread of disease in Virginia.  Below are a few of the changes: Additions: Babesiosis and Leptospirosis Coronavirus infections, severe includes the reporting of SARS, MERS-CoV and other severe coronavirus infections “Lead, elevated blood levels” was renamed “Lead, reportable levels”, and the reportable level changed to any detectable blood lead level in children ages 0-15 or levels ≥ 5µg/dL in persons older than 15 years of age. Learn more about the updates to the Regulations for Disease Reporting…Read more

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  • 10 Ways to Stay Safe This Halloween

    Make sure Halloween is one of the safest nights of the year by following these safety tips: Wear reflective clothing or reflective tape, which can be easily added to costumes and bags for added visibility. Make sure cars are able to see you and your family when trick or treating. If you’re throwing a party, practice these food safety tips for partygoers and party throwers. Safe treats: Help your children identify treats that are safe to eat. Don’t let your children eat anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.  Inspect treats for signs of tampering such as discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers.  Throw away anything that looks suspicious. Carry and use a flashlight. Wear flame-resistant costumes. Only visit well-lit houses. Avoid using decorative contact lenses unless under the care of eye care professional. Obtaining contact lenses without a prescription or eye exam from an eye care professional can cause eye injuries including: abrasions, infections and blindness. Review with your children how to call 9-1-1 if they ever have an emergency or become lost. If you are using costume makeup for the first time, test it in a small area first to ensure it does not cause skin irritation. If you are giving out treats this Halloween consider Non-Food Treats for children with food allergies. VDH hopes you and your family enjoy a safe and happy Halloween.Read more

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