Health Professionals

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Welcome to the Health Professionals Page, where the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will provide and maintain all available and up-to-date resources, including clinician's letters, information on infection prevention, testing, specialty care, and other topics relevant for health professionals and their response to COVID-19 in Virginia.  Thank you for your continued work to protect the health and well-being of all Virginians.


Hot Topics

9/29/2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory urging action to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who may become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are at increased risk for severe disease (including hospitalization and death) and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19. Despite these risks, only 31% of pregnant people were fully vaccinated before or during pregnancy as of September 18, 2021. 

9/20/2021 - CDC released new Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) materials to assist healthcare providers in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of children with suspected MIS-C. The free materials can be downloaded and include social media, newsletter content, handouts, and posters. Materials are linked here.

9/20/2021 -  CDC issued a HAN Health Advisory recommending health care providers be on alert for cases of measles that meet the case definition, as well as other infectious diseases, including mumps, leishmaniasis, and malaria, among evacuees (including both Afghan nationals and U.S. citizens) from Afghanistan. As of September 20, 2021, CDC has been notified of 16 measles cases among the evacuees, 14 of which are located in Virginia.