• Become a Disease Detective with Flu Near You

    In addition to getting your flu shot this year, help fight the flu in under a minute by joining Flu Near You. Track the flu in your area by participating anonymously in a health survey weekly. You can also see real-time flu activity in your area. Start today, it’s simple and anonymous.Read more

  • Food Safety Tips for a Happy Holiday Season

    Whether you are celebrating at home or dining out, there are simple steps you can take to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy this holiday season. Preparing a holiday meal at home? Prevent foodborne illness by washing hands and surfaces frequently, avoiding cross-contamination, cooking foods to proper temperatures, and refrigerating foods promptly. If you are cooking a holiday turkey, follow these four tips to take the guesswork out of preparation: Thawing: Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, in a sink of cold water (changed every 30 minutes), or in a microwave. Frozen turkeys are safe indefinitely, but thawing…Read more

  • How to Dispose of Unused Medicine

    Medications can be harmful if taken by someone other than the person it was prescribed for. If you have unused, expired or unwanted medications and need a way to safely dispose of them, you can now get a drug disposal bag from your Local Health Department. Once you get your bag you can deactivate medications in three easy steps: Place unused medication in the pouch Fill halfway with Warm Tap Water Gently Shake Learn more about how to safely dispose of medications. Find your local health department today.Read more

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  • National Influenza Vaccination Week

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  • State Health Commissioner Comments on Opioid Addiction Declaration

    These remarks were delivered on November 21, 2016 at 10am Good morning.  This is Dr. Marissa Levine, Virginia State Health Commissioner here with key state agency colleagues for an important announcement about the opioid addiction crisis in Virginia.  Thank you for joining us this morning. We are here today in the shadow of the Surgeon General’s report on Addiction in America released just last week which highlights the addiction crisis facing Americans and emphasizes the need for: effective public health steps to prevent and treat substance use disorders a shift in attitudes toward addiction and a coordinated effort among multiple…Read more

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