Quick Links and Important Resources
Spring Break Travelers’ Health
Traveling out of the country for Spring Break? Stay safe and healthy during your travels. Vaccinate before your vacation. Make sure your immunizations are up-to-date. Many areas of the world have their own recommended vaccines and you may be at increased risk of exposure to vaccine preventable diseases. Remember, to be most effective, vaccines should be administered two weeks prior to travel.
Are you traveling to a tropical area? Depending on where you are going to be, mosquitoes can transmit illnesses such as malaria, dengue fever and chikungunya through their bite. Prevent mosquito bites by covering exposed skin, using insect repellent, staying and sleeping in screened in or air conditioned rooms or using a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.
Check with your local health department to see if they have a travel clinic.
Introducing Health Bites
Health Bites is an interactive online nutrition education tool designed to help you and your family enjoy healthier lives. The interactive website provides fun, informative videos on nutrition and ideas on simple and healthy recipes. If you are a WIC participant, the site will allow you to complete modules, to receive nutrition education credit for WIC. Visit www.HealthBitesVA.org to have a world of nutrition and health information at your fingertips!
Virginia Health Information
April is STD Awareness Month
Did you know more than 40,000 sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) were reported in Virginia last year and 67% were among young people ages 15-24? Each of these infections can be a potential threat to your immediate health and long-term well-being. STDs often have no symptoms but are easily diagnosed and treated. Get yourself tested to know your STD status. Learn more at http://www.cdc.gov/std/
During April, VDH marks National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. First observed in 2001 in response to Healthy People 2010, this year's theme is Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity, emphasizing the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities.
For more information visit: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/NMHM14/
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