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EPA Cites Violations to the Clean Air Act

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.

2014 County Health Rankings Released

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. 

 

Norovirus – How Can You Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones?

Anyone can be infected with norovirus and get sick. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Take time to learn the best ways to help prevent norovirus.  

 

Food Safety Advisory - Cheese Products from Roos Foods

As part of an ongoing investigation, food safety specialists from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and personnel from the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratories (DCLS) have detected Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause human illness, in cheese produced by Roos Foods Inc. of Kenton, Delaware. 

For more information see: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-a/021514listeriacheese.shtml 

 

Guidance for Health and Safety during Severe Winter Weather

As severe winter weather moves into our area, the Alexandria Health Department urges everyone to prepare for the snowstorm and offers tips to stay safe during cleanup activities following the storm.

 

Healthy Start for a Healthy Heart
February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States but in many cases it can be preventable and controllable.  Start taking care of your heart today and everyday by making some simple changes to your daily routine.
Food Safety Guidance for Residents

Lose power?  Don’t know what food to save and what food to discard?  Visit alexandriava.gov/30086 for the Centers for Disease Control’s recommendations on what to keep and what to pitch.  Visit alexandriava.gov/FoodSafety for other food safety guidance.  For updates on City services and announcements concerning the winter storm, visit alexandriava.gov/Snow.

Flu Season is Here – How Can You Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones?

Flu season is upon us. Take time to learn about a few simple steps that you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.

 

Teen Pregnancy Rate Improved in 2012
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.
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. 

 

 

Tuberculosis Testing Update: Nationwide Shortage of PPD

Manufacturers of purified protein derivative (PPD) used in the tuberculin skin test (TST) are experiencing delays in production, resulting in a nationwide shortage. Click here to see information about Alexandria Health Department (AHD) tuberculosis (TB) control activities.

 

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 -- Available October 1, 2013

Beginning October 1, 2013, millions of uninsured Americans will be able to find health insurance that meets their needs and fits the way they live, at the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace will give Americans who are uninsured or who buy their own coverage a whole new way to shop for insurance. Click here for more information.

 

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, 8:00 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.  Thank you.

 

 

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Are You Ready?
In today's world, your health and safety, and that of your family and friends, can be affected by a wide range of potential health emergencies. Knowing what to do in advance can better protect us all.  Learn more about emergency preparedness >>
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Click here to view the Alexandria Health Department's Vision, Mission and Values Statements.

4480 King Street
Alexandria, VA, 22302
703.746.4996
Fax: 703.746.4938
E-mail 

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thursday Mornings