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During the month of November the Department of Health Immunization Program will be offering FREE Seasonal Flu Vaccinations. All are encouraged to participate & don’t forget to bring the immunization card, if you have one! Senior Citizens, be sure to bring your Medicare Cards if you have one!

Get the Flu Shot, Not the Flu!

LATEST NEWS & ALERTS
November 19, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 43
November 10, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 42
October 27, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 41
October 20, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 40
October 17, 2014
DOH Plans Series of Table Top Exercises to Test Readiness and Response Capabilities

The Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett, announced today that a series of table top exercises are planned to test the territory's coordination, readiness capabilities, including adherence to established the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocols among emergency responders, healthcare facilities and health practitioners.

October 09, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 39
October 07, 2014
DOH Issues Public Health Alert on Ebola

Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett reported today that the Department of Health is collaborating and communicating with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local Hospital Officials, Healthcare Partners and Emergency Medical Personnel to be prepared in the event of a local Ebola case.

October 01, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 38
September 23, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 37
September 16, 2014
Fogging Has Negligible Impact on Spread of Chikungunya Virus DOH Re-Affirms Education, Source Reduction, Personal Protection as Most Effective Method of Prevention and Control

Dr. Brett Ellis, Entomologist for the Health Department stated that “The impact of fogging to control Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for transmitting dengue and chikungunya, has been controversial but most vector control programs acknowledge its extremely limited effect.

September 11, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 36
September 10, 2014
The Department of Health leads Multi-Agency Approach to Combat Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

The Commissioner of Health, Darice Plaskett, recently concluded a multiagency task force conference call to organize and align the department’s efforts to support and protect the community against the spread of chikungunya and other harmful mosquito-borne illnesses such as dengue.

September 05, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 35
August, 28 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 34
August, 21 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 33
August, 14 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 32
August, 06 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 31
July 31, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 30
July 25, 2014
USVI Chikungunya Surveillance Weekly Report - Week 29

This report is the first of many reports as we work to keep everyone involved informed of our chikungunya situation. As you can see from the report there are still 4 lab confirmed cases, but a shipment was sent to Colorado ADB for laboratory testing yesterday with 15 suspected samples.

June 10, 2014
DOH Reports the First Locally Acquired Case of Chikungunya

The Virgin Islands Department of Health confirmed two new cases of chikungunya virus. The first case has been confirmed as locally acquired; the second case is an imported case with the patient recent travel history outside of the Territory.

Chikungunya is reportable by law and all confirmed or suspected cases must be reported to the Health Department using the Dengue & Chikungunya Reporting Form.

June 03, 2014
PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY: DOH Reports first Confirmed Travel Associated Case of Chikungunya

Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett reported on Monday that health officials investigated the first confirmed imported case of Chikungunya, in a return traveler to St. Thomas that was associated with a recent cruise to the Caribbean.

Chikungunya is a viral disease that is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. Read the facts here

May 20, 2014
DOH to Observe EMS Week
Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett announced today that the department will observe Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, May 18-24, 2014, with a host of scheduled activities including an, emergency vehicles motorcade, EMS skill competition, Public school visits, Emergency Trailer Expo, and Ambulance Boat Demonstration.
February 10, 2014
DOH Launches Territory's First Health Information Exchange Open House to Showcase the Virgin Islands Health Information Exchange Network
Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett announced the official launch of the territory’s first Health Information Exchange network, known as the Virgin Islands Health Information Network (VIHIN).
January 15, 2014
Public Health Advisory - Chikungunya - Residents Encouraged to Protect Against Mosquito Bites
Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett said today that residents should be mindful to protect themselves from mosquitoes, as there are some mosquitoes that transmit viruses that can cause illnesses.
December 19, 2013
DOH- Flu Vaccine Continues to be Administered to General Public
The Flu vaccine continues to be available to the general public and residents can get vaccinated during free flu vaccination outreach clinics that the Department of Health Immunization Program has been conducting territory-wide since October, Acting Health Commissioner Fern P. Clarke said today.
December 19, 2013
Public Health Advisory - 2013-14 Flu Season
The Acting Commissioner of Health, Fern P. Clarke, reminds the public that Influenza (the flu) can be a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Anyone can get sick from the flu.
October 23, 2013
Health Commissioner Addresses Status of Ambulances, Denounces Efforts to Malign Emergency Medical Services
Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett today expressed her disappointment with the continued efforts to malign the reputation of VI Emergency Medical Services.
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DIABETES MONTH
Wheel Out or Walk for Diabetes

November 23rd | 2PM-6PM
Verne L. Richards
Veteran's Park, Strand St.
Frederiksted, St. Croix

Community Forum on Diabetes
Monday November 24, 2014 | 5:30pm
Juan F. Luis Hopital
Guest Speakers: Endocrinologist Dr. Barzey and Nutritionist Alice Henry

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Enterovirus

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