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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information
The Virginia Department of Health is closely monitoring and investigating an outbreak of respiratory illness, called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by a novel (new) Coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This is a rapidly changing situation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to provide updated guidance for health care providers and the public at large. Accurate, reliable information about COVID-19 is critical at this time to keep you informed and help you prepare. Please visit the following website for up-to-date information, as well as guidance specifically aimed at how individuals, households, schools, community and faith-based organizations, and businesses can prepare:
Influenza, or “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory disease. Typical flu symptoms include fever, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.
A yearly flu vaccine is the best way to prevent flu illness. Vaccination is especially important for people at higher risk of complications from influenza:
- Pregnant and postpartum women, or those who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- Children younger than five years of age;
- Persons 65 years of age and older, including residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
- People with chronic medical conditions including heart, lung, liver and kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, cancer, a weak immune system (including individuals with HIV disease) and anemia.