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Thanksgiving Day Food Safety Tips

Before you eat, learn more about how to safely prepare, keep, and serve a traditional thanksgiving feast. Find basic tips and links to more in-depth guides. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Health Profile I: Health Behaviors, Morbidity, and Mortality

AHD has recently published Health Profile I: Health Behaviors, Morbidity, and Mortality. This report focuses on key health indicators that are considered important to public health, are actionable, and are regularly reported. For each health indicator in the report, AHD has provided information on how Alexandria is doing, as well as evidence-based recommendations to help improve health outcomes.

2013-2014 Alexandria Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)

The results of the Alexandria Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are now available for review. This anonymous, voluntary survey was given to Alexandria City Public School students in grades eight, ten and twelve. The Alexandria YRBS represents data collected in 2013-2014. It was a result of academic, government, volunteer and non-governmental organizations working together to improve the health and wellness of youth in Alexandria. 

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.

Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic Changes

Starting September 16, 2015, the Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic at Alexandria Health Department (AHD) will temporarily reduce some services. An announcement will be made when services are able to resume. During this time, AHD will not provide TB risk assessment and/or TB testing FOR ADULTS (19 years of age and older).

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.

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 


Updates on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

Check this page 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).  


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.

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 276,000 Virginians already enrolled for the 2015 plan year.
Healthy Vending Machines are Here!

The City’s Healthy Vending Administrative Regulation was initiated at the recommendation of more than ten City departments. Energy efficient machines, with a variety of healthy snacks and beverages, are available in City of Alexandria buildings and departments.


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?
Protect Yourself from Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness known for violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. The number of pertussis cases has been steadily increasing since the 1980s. The best way to prevent pertussis is to get vaccinated with the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) vaccine.

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.

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. 



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