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Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease within a population. The Epidemiology Division of the Chickahominy Health District conducts surveillance to monitor the health of the population. The focus of the division is to reduce the risk of disease in Charles City, Goochland, Hanover, and New Kent. For more information on Epidemiology please visit the VDH Epidemiology Website.


Ebola

For information on Ebola, please select the following link: VDH Ebola


Influenza

Take these 3 action steps to protect you and your family against the flu this season.

1. Get vaccinated.

  • CDC and VDH recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.
  • Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications, and their close contacts.

2. Take everyday preventative actions.

  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue. Throw the used tissue in the trash. If tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand.
  • Wash your hands often with clean running water and soap. Be sure to scrub your hands for 20 seconds with soap.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread very easily!
  • Keep your environment clean. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick, stay home and limit contact with others. Continue to stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.

3. Take flu antiviral drugs if recommended.

  • CDC and VDH recommend that people who are at high risk for serious flu complications be treated with antiviral drugs as quickly as possible.
  • Antiviral drugs work best if started within the first 2 days of symptoms.

References:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2014-2015.htm
http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/flu/

More Info:
Parent Guide to Influenza
Preventative Measures

It’s not too late to vaccinate – Get your flu vaccine today!

More on Influenza from The Virginia Department of Health!

Click here for the latest Virginia Weekly Influenza Activity Report.

To sign up for the Chickahominy Health District Newsletter contact
District Epidemiologist, Yeatoe McIntosh at (804) 365-4344 or Email

Resources

Chickahominy Newsletters

VDH Epidemiology

VDH Epidemiology Fact Sheet

VDH Disease Surveillance

VDH Disease Regulation

Emergency Preparedness

EPI 1 Form PDF

Norovirus

Contact Information

Communicable Disease
Fax Line:

(804) 365-4355
District Epidemiologist
Yeatoe McIntosh, MPH
Phone:
(804) 365-4344
After Hours:
(866) 531-3068
Email

Last Updated: 01-09-2015

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