Office of Emergency Preparedness Mission
Our mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. VDH Emergency Preparedness involves state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to all hazards, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.
Prepare for Flu Season
National Influenza Vaccination Week is a call to all Americans 6 months and older to get their annual flu vaccine if they have not already. Since COVID-19 and flu could spread simultaneously this winter, this week will serve to remind people that there is still time to get a flu vaccine to protect against flu illness and serious flu complications, such as worsening of chronic conditions or pneumonia, for example.
A pandemic is a disease outbreak that spans several countries and affects a large number of people. Pandemics are most often caused by viruses, like Influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which can easily spread from person to person. Limit the impact of a pandemic on you and your family. Learn how to Prepare Now, Stay Safe During, and Be Safe After by visiting ready.gov.