Whether you are preparing the meal or not this holiday season, you may want to review our “Top 10 Tips to Keep Your Holiday Dinner Safe” to ensure that everyone stays healthy and safe!
The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is transitioning its statewide dental program to a prevention model. As a result, a number of VDH local health department dental clinics are closing, including the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) Dental Clinic. However, the Dental Clinic will remain open – the City of Alexandria is supporting a transition to a program operated by an outside provider; that will be through a competitive bidding process following the City of Alexandria’s public procurement procedures. In the interim, Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services, Inc (ANHSI) will serve as the provider. ANHSI will begin operations on January 6, 2014 at 4480 King Street (the same site where AHD’s Dental Clinic has operated).
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
The fourth annual County Health Rankings were released by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on March 20, 2013. Please click here to view the results.
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 apply to all of us — from infants to seniors. Vaccines protect you from serious diseases and keep our community healthy. Protect yourself and our community- be wise, immunize! Click here to view the current recommended immunization schedules and other useful resources.
Rabies is a preventable viral disease most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal. It is endemic in the Northern Virginia area, and is most commonly found in wild animal populations such as raccoons, foxes, bats and skunks. The best way to prevent the spread of rabies is to keep pets properly vaccinated and to report any animal (domestic or wild) acting strangely or erratically to Animal Control at 703.746.4774. Visit http://alexandriava.gov/Rabies for more information.
The Alexandria Health Department Brochure of Services, in both English and Spanish (please click on either to view and print) is available. The brochures provide a wide overview of our services, including program descriptions, locations, and phone numbers and hours of operation.
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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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 >>
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