Emergencies can happen. When they do, the best
strategy is to already have a plan in place. This includes knowing the proper
food and water safety precautions to take when you lose power or flooding
The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) has identified higher than normal levels of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquito samples. To address the increased risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission, AHD is continuing its mosquito surveillance, larvicide application, and complaint investigation. We encourage residents to do their part by eliminating containers and standing water around their homes. Residents can also protect themselves and prevent insect bites by covering up and applying insect repellents. Special care for elderly or immune compromised persons should be taken to avoid exposure to mosquitoes.
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
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 include: 1) Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) vaccination – required by State law for rising sixth grade students; 2) HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination – recommended for students in sixth grade or above to prevent future cancer risks; and 3) Influenza vaccination – recommended for the entire family. The Health Department’s Immunization Clinic’s schedule is here.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.alexva.us/as3 for the same easy access.
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.
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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