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The Health Department phone system is being updated. Please use 703.746.4996 to contact us by phone.

El sistema telefónico del Departamento de Salud está siendo actualizado. Por favor use el 703.746.4996 para contactarnos por teléfono.

How to Beat the Summer Heat!

Trying to figure out ways to beat the summer heat? Play it safe with extreme temperatures and stay indoors. If you have to be outside, be sure to stay hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible. Consider going to your local library branch ( to check out the latest summer reads or to your local recreation center ( ) to participate in a program or a class. Check out our City pools ( as another way to stay cool.

Summer Food Safety Tips

Did you know that approximately 1 in 6 Americans suffer from food poisoning each year, and that there are around 128,000 hospitalizations from foodborne diseases each year? The summer months typically see a spike in reports of foodborne illness. Learn how to fight bacteria and keep your family healthy this summer! Check out our tips to avoid inviting bacteria to your next picnic, cookout, or road trip!

2015 County Health Rankings Released

The sixth annual County Health Rankings were released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on March 25.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Improved in 2013

The Alexandria Health Department is pleased to announce that the City of Alexandria’s 2013 teen pregnancy rate has dropped nearly 20% percent to 24.8 pregnancies per 1,000 females aged 10-19 years. The 2012 rate was 30.9. This marks the lowest overall teen pregnancy rate in Alexandria in more than 17 years and is a reflection of the hard work and collaboration of a number of City agencies and community partners.

Food Safety During a Power Outage
Lose power? Don’t know what food to save and what food to discard? Visit for the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations on what to keep and what to pitch. Visit for other food safety guidance.
Measles (Rubeola)

Measles is a serious illness caused by the measles virus. It is spread very easily from person to person and can cause outbreaks of illness. Although the disease is rare in the United States it is still common in many countries, and recent outbreaks around the country have occurred. The vast majority of people who catch measles have not been vaccinated. Please check your household immunization records and make sure every eligible member of your family is fully vaccinated.  Check the following link for easy-to-read vaccination schedules, for every age: For more information and resources on measles, click here.

Updates on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Click here for periodic updates regarding Ebola virus disease (also known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  


BabyCare Program

Are you pregnant or a new parent of a child under the age of two? Want to learn more about, or receive, health services from expert Public Health Nurses? Click here to learn more about the BabyCare program available through the Health Department.

Safe Sleeping for Babies

Suffocation is the leading cause of death for infants. The majority of these incidents occur in the sleeping environment, often when babies are placed face down on a soft surface. Infants who are 0 to 4 months old don't have enough strength to lift their heads and turn their faces so that they can breathe and have the greatest risk of suffocating.

Enterovirus D68
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of many non-polio enteroviruses that causes respiratory illness. Protect yourself and your loved ones by 1) Covering your cough, 2) Washing your hands, and 3) Staying home when sick. The Alexandria Health Department and Virginia Department of Health, along with other public health agencies, are closely monitoring reports of severe respiratory illness.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. So far, all cases have been linked to countries in and near the Arabian Peninsula. About 30% of people confirmed to have MERS infection have died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintain up-to-date information on the virus, its spread and best practices for prevention.

Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!

We have expanded our Immunization Clinics to better serve our community and have a new schedule. It’s time to get ready to go back to school, which means gathering supplies and back packs… and making sure vaccinations are up to date. Immunizations are an important, and easy, way to protect your child’s health! Vaccinations to be aware about now include:

  • Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) vaccination – required by State law for rising sixth grade students
  • HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination – recommended for students in sixth grade or above to prevent future cancer risks
  • Influenza vaccination – recommended for the entire family later in the fall
Testing Indicates Asbestos Levels in Hunting Point Apartments Are Now Safe

Based on the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) analysis of reported post-cleaning air sampling results, the concentrations of asbestos in the air in the Hunting Point Apartments are not high enough to harm the health of people who breathe this air for short or long (e.g., 30 years) periods of time. ATSDR is part of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).

How You Can Play a Role in Preventing Suicide

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans, claiming more than twice as many lives each year as homicides. Learn more about this serious public health problem and what we can do to help prevent suicide.  


More Clinical Services for Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and SGL Men!

We have expanded Rainbow Tuesdays Clinic to better serve our Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Our Rainbow Tuesdays Clinic was started to provide Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, and Same-Gender Loving Men a safe place to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. The high incidence of early Syphilis and new HIV infections in the gay, bisexual, trans, and queer community make testing a priority to get people into treatment and reduce the spread of infection. For a schedule of clinics and services click here. Call or text: 571.214.9617 


Healthy Vending Machines are Here!

The Alexandria Health Department is excited to announce the launch of a city-wide Healthy Vending Initiative and Healthy Vending Administrative Regulation! New energy efficient machines with a variety of healthy snacks and beverages are available in City of Alexandria buildings and departments.



Get the Scoop on Your Favorite Restaurant

Did you ever wonder how your favorite Alexandria restaurant did on its latest food safety inspection? Now it is even easier to find out! Just use your smart phone to scan the new Health Department sticker on the doors of participating restaurants. Don’t have a smart phone? We got you covered. Visit for the same easy access.


Are You Ready?
It is essential that you and your family are ready for all types of emergencies. Knowing what to do in advance can better protect us all.  Learn more about emergency preparedness >>
Osteoporosis: What You Should Know

Osteoporosis is a disease that affects many Americans. It can lead to an increased risk of bone fractures of the hips, spine, and wrists. Find out if you are at risk for osteoporosis and what you can do to prevent it. 


Public Health Indicators for Prenatal and Infant Wellness

A key to healthy people and healthier communities is wellness in the first year of life (including prenatal care). Healthy birth outcomes and early recognition and treatment of health problems in infants contribute to children reaching their full potential and can prevent death or disability among the most vulnerable in our community.  To access recent Public Health Indicators of Prenatal and Infant Wellness in Alexandria click here

ConnectVirginia Health Information Exchange

ConnectVirginia is Virginia’s Statewide Health Information Exchange (HIE). A video is now available to introduce the Health Information Exchange and to explain the benefits of secure, electronic exchange of health information for patients and providers across the Commonwealth. 



The Truth About Hookah Smoking
Hookah smoking is rapidly gaining in popularity as a social activity. Hookah users inhale tobacco smoke that passes through a water-filled chamber. Teens and young adults are among the largest groups of users. But did you know that hookah use is more dangerous than cigarette smoking?
Health Insurance Marketplace
Do you still need health coverage? Have insurance through the Marketplace, but recently got married, had a child, or experienced another life changing event? Do you qualify for Medicaid or FAMIS and want to enroll? The Health Insurance Marketplace is the place to go for Virginians! Learn whether you qualify for a special enrollment period, how to update your existing account, or find out more about the Affordable Care Act (the law that has made the Marketplace possible). Visit and join the over 215,000 Virginians already enrolled for the 2014 plan year.
Protect Yourself from Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Many people think pertussis (or “whooping cough”) no longer exists. Actually, it remains a poorly controlled illness.  How can you protect yourself and your loved ones from this very contagious illness?  The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated with the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.

Recommended Immunization Schedules

Immunizations are important for everyone — from infants to seniors. Vaccines protect you and your loved ones from serious diseases and keep our community healthy. Protect yourself, your loved ones and our community - be wise, immunize! View the current recommended immunization schedule here. 


AHD Thursday Mornings Dedicated to Administrative Functions and Staff Development

The Alexandria Health Department is closed to the public on Thursday mornings, 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., for internal administrative functions and staff development. The other days of the week, the Health Department will be open during its usual business hours. For further information, call 703.746.4996.

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Our Vision, Mission and Values
Click here to view the Alexandria Health Department's Vision, Mission and Values Statements.