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BabyCare is a free home visiting program through the Chesapeake Health Department. Our team of registered nurses, outreach workers and support staff provide pregnant women and their children with the tools needed for a healthy pregnancy and beyond. Click here for more information.
Influenza is commonly referred to as “the flu.” It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B. Each type includes many different strains that tend to change from year to year.
Who gets influenza?
Anyone can get influenza, but it is most serious in young children, older persons, in people with chronic illnesses (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes) or those with weakened immune systems.
Complications of flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, or diabetes.
Although most people are ill for less than a week, serious complications can lead to hospitalization and even death.
If you become ill with influenza symptoms, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to seek medical care. Most people are able to recover at home without medical care.
We offer flu vaccines for everyone 6 months and older in our immunization clinics. Routine vaccinations for children 18 and younger, including the flu vaccine, are free of charge. For more information regarding our clinic hours and requirements, click here.
This season, Miss The Flu!
Want to keep track of influenza activity in your area? Sign up for Flu Near You
Flu Near You analyzes reports and maps to provide local and national views of self-reported influenza activity and allows you to:
- Complete quick and easy health surveys in under a minute to track influenza-like illness
- See self-reported influenza-like activity in real-time in your area
- Find nearby locations that offer influenza vaccines
- Connect to local public health resources
All you need is a smartphone, computer, tablet, or any other device to register, either via the website, mobile app, or Facebook!
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2019 Open Enrollment Runs from November 1, 2018 to December 15, 2018.
Now is the time to think about your health care needs for 2019. Just as your needs change, health plans change too. There are new plan options and new health coverage options being offered for 2019 so it is important to know what has changed and what you need to do during this year’s Open Enrollment. For more information visit www.coverva.com .
Healthy Chesapeake is committed to building a culture of wellness that supports, sustains and advocates for a healthier Chesapeake. Working together we can advocate for a healthier Chesapeake where people live, learn, play, work and worship.