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.
Learn how to fight bacteria and keep your family healthy this summer! Check out our tips to avoid inviting bacteria to your next picnic, cookout, or road trip!
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.
Trying to figure out ways to beat the summer heat? Play it safe with extreme temperatures and stay indoors. If you have to be outside, be sure to stay hydrated and stay in the shade as much as possible. Consider going to your local library branch (www.alexandria.lib.va.us) to check out the latest summer reads or to your local recreation center (alexandriava.gov/RecreationCenters ) to participate in a program or a class. Check out our City pools (alexandriava.gov/Aquatics) as another way to stay cool.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is viral respiratory illness first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. In May 2014, the first cases of MERS infection in the U.S. were confirmed in persons who recently traveled from the Arabian Peninsula. No cases of MERS have been reported in Virginia.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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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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