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  • Poison Prevention Week

    Poisoning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the US. In 2015, someone called the poison center for help every 11 seconds. Here are things you can do to help prevent poison related injuries: Store all chemicals and medicines separately and safely. Choose products in containers that are hard for children to open. Don't leave a container out for "just a minute." Take your medicines where children cannot see you. They may try to imitate you. Have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your home. Be extra careful with products that look or smell like candy or drinks. Discuss…Read more

  • 2017 Statewide Tornado Drill

    Save the date! The 2017 Statewide Tornado Drill will take place on Tornado Preparedness Day, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 9:45 a.m. (If widespread severe weather threatens the Commonwealth on that date, then the drill will be on Wednesday, March 22, at 9:45 a.m.) The Statewide Tornado Drill is a yearly opportunity to prepare Virginians for tornado emergencies and to test public warning systems. At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA Weather Radios. This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message,…Read more

  • Traveling This Winter?

    Before you take off for a Winter getaway, business trip, or family visit, there are some things you should know about Zika. Use these tips to plan ahead: Before your Winter trip: If you are pregnant, do not travel to an area with Zika. If you or your partner are trying to get pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider before traveling to an area with Zika. Check the latest travel recommendations from the CDC During your Winter trip: Protect yourself from mosquito bites Keep mosquitoes outside by staying in places with air-conditioning and windows and doors, or use a bed…Read more

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  • World TB Day – March 24, 2017

    For many decades, death was likely for people with tuberculosis (TB). World TB Day celebrates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch discovered the cause of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is a small rod-shaped bacteria.   At the time of Koch's announcement, TB was raging through both Europe and the Americas. It caused the death of one out…Read more

  • It’s Not Too Late To Get Your Flu Shot!

    By now, you probably know that it is recommended that everyone 6 months of age or older receive a flu vaccination each year. While it’s best to get your flu shot as soon as it is available (sometimes as early as August), it’s still not too late to get your flu shot! Flu season usually peaks…Read more

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