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.
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).
Are you and your family prepared to respond to an emergency? September is National Preparedness Month – find out how you can get ready now to make our communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to any emergency situation.
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
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
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 will be available throughout city departments by fall 2014.
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.
On Monday, July 28, renovations to the Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic at Alexandria Health Department (AHD) will begin. AHD will limit some services for several weeks. During renovations, AHD will not provide TB risk assessment and/or TB testing for persons 18 years of age and older. Residents less than 18 years of age will be able to obtain TB assessment and/or TB testing through AHD’s Immunization Clinic. Click here for more information.
The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) identified West Nile virus (WNV) infected mosquitoes in a sample collected on July 8. To address the seasonal 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 or applying insect repellants.
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.
On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ordered Hunting Point Apartments, LLC, the owner of the Hunting Point on the Potomac apartment complex, and its contractor Chelsea Environmental, to stop work until they comply with Clean Air Act regulations regarding demolition and renovation activities involving asbestos-containing materials.
The fifth annual County Health Rankings were released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on March 26.
The Alexandria Health Department is pleased to announce that the City of Alexandria’s 2012 teen pregnancy rate has dropped 7.5 percent to 30.9 pregnancies per 1,000 10-19 year-old females. This marks the lowest overall teen pregnancy rate in Alexandria in more than 16 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.
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.
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?
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 www.HealthCare.gov and join the over 215,000 Virginians already enrolled for the 2014 plan year.
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.
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.
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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