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Frequently Asked Questions


Do you offer BLOOD TESTING to get a marriage license?

There is no blood test requirement for marriage in the state of Virginia. For more information about marriage licenses, visit the Virginia Department of Health website at  

I'm concerned about CARBON MONOXIDE in my home.

For general information about carbon monoxide and ways to protect your family, call the T&ES Office of Environmental Quality at 703.746.4065. If you ever experience symptoms such as dizziness or shortness of breath which you believe could be caused by CO buildup in your home, do not hesitate to call 911.

How do I obtain a DEATH CERTIFICATE? 

Certified copies of death certificates for deaths that took place in the City of Alexandria in the last five years can be issued to authorized individuals at the AHD's Main Office on King Street. Copies cost $12 and require an application you can download here. Call 703.746.4991 for more details. If it has been over 5 years, call the VDH Office of Vital Records in Richmond, Virginia at 804.662.6200.

I need DIRECTIONS to the Health Department.

From Old Town Alexandria: Take King Street (Rte. 7) north past TC Williams High School. Cross Braddock Road, and pass Bradlee Shopping Center and the exit for I-395. The Health Department is located a ¼ mile on the left, 4480 King Street, on the corner of King Street and S. 28th Street. On-street parking is available.

From West End Alexandria: Take Duke Street East, turning left on Quaker Lane. Take Quaker Lane past Seminary Road and Braddock Road, turning left on King Street (Rte. 7). Pass Bradlee Shopping Center and the exit for I-395. The Health Department is located a ¼ mile on the left, 4480 King Street, on the corner of King Street and S. 28th Street. On-street parking is available.

From the Capital Beltway: Take the I-95 N exit (Shirley Highway). Get off on the King Street/Rte. 7 North exit. Get over into the left lane. The Health Department is located a ¼ mile on the left, 4480 King Street, on the corner of King Street and S. 28th Street. On-street parking is available.

For directions to other AHD facilities, please call:

Teen Wellness Center: 3330 King Street - 703.746.4776
Casey Health Center: 1200 N. Howard Street - 703.746.4886  

I'm interested in EMPLOYMENT opportunities with the Alexandria Health Department.  

Please call the AHD Office of Human Resources at 703.746.4902. You may also visit the Virginia Department of Health's Employment Information page.

Can I get FLU OR PNEUMONIA SHOTS at the Health Department? 

Influenza vaccine is available in the AHD Immunization Clinic during the flu season.  Flu shots are generally offered beginning in late October.

Pneumonia vaccine is available year-round. There is a charge for these vaccines unless you have Medicare Part B.  For more information, please call 703.746.4996.

Click here for more information about the Health Department's influenza immunization program.

I will be traveling out of the country and need shots. Do you provide FOREIGN TRAVEL immunization?  

The Alexandria Health Department no longer offers immunization for foreign travel. For information on sites in Alexandria where you can get travel immunizations, please call 703.746.4980.

You may also access information from the web by going to the Virginia Department of Health's webpage,, Programs/Immunizations/International Travel, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,, Traveler's Health section.

I want to get the results of my HIV/STI TEST:

Please call the HIV/STI clinic at 703.746.4976 or 703.746.4846.

What are your HOURS OF OPERATION? 

The regular business hours for all four Health Department sites are as follows. Please call for specific site/clinic information.

Main Office: 703.746.4996 

  • Monday: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Teen Wellness Center: 703.746.4776 

  • Monday through Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (summer hours may vary). 

Casey Health Center: 703.746.4886 

  • Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Arlandria (WIC): 703.519.1957    

I am sick but have NO INSURANCE. What do I do?

If you are a resident of Alexandria, please call AHD Eligibility at 703.746.4915

My child needs a PHYSICAL for School/Sports/Work:   

You must live in the City of Alexandria and be financially eligible for your child to receive a physical examination at the Alexandria Health Department.  Physical examinations are provided for children from birth until 5 years of age, and up to 11 years of age for school entry. Please call 703.746.4940.

Children 12 to 19 years of age may receive health care through the Teen Wellness Center, located at 3330 King Street at T.C. Williams High School. Hours for the Teen Wellness Center are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-in or call 703.746.4776 OR Text "APPT" to 571.329.2245 (texts are answered within 24 hours, Monday through Friday). 

I ate at a RESTAURANT and got sick.  

 If the restaurant is within City of Alexandria limits, please call the Division of Environmental Health at 703.746.4910.  Please be able to provide the following: exact name and address of the establishment, time and date of visit, all items of food eaten and symptoms, if any.

I have a bad ROACH or RAT problem in my apartment.  

The Health Department does not handle inspection of homes or apartments. Contact your property manager. You can also contact the City of Alexandria's Division of Fire & Code Administration at 703.746.4200

My child needs SHOTS. When can I come in and what is the cost?  

Children's shots are offered at the Health Department’s, Main Office, on the following days:

Immunization Clinic Hours:  

Walk-In Clinics:  

  • Monday: 8 to 11 a.m. (serving the first 20 patients to arrive)
  • Monday: 2 to 6 p.m. (serving the first 25 patients to arrive)

Remaining Clinic Days are by Appointment Only (call 703.746.4888): 

  • Tuesday: 8 to 11 a.m. 
  • Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
  • Wednesday: 8 to 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Note: TB skin testing is NOT performed on Thursdays)
  • Friday: 8 to 11 a.m.

Please bring all immunization records and insurance cards with you and present them at time of registration. This will help us determine what shots your child needs. If you do not live in the City of Alexandria, it may be more convenient to obtain shots in the county in which you reside. Please call 703.746.4980 for more information.

I need a copy of my child's SHOT/IMMUNIZATION RECORD.  

 If your child received shots at the Alexandria Heath Department, we can provide you a copy of your child's record (there is a fee for this), or we can fax it to your physician.  Please call 703.746.4980 for more information.

What are the symptoms of TB?   

Symptoms of tuberculosis (TB) may include a cough that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks; coughing up blood; night sweats; loss of appetite; loss of weight; and fatigue. Please call 703.746.4960 for more information or to speak to a nurse.

For additional information, click here for a Tuberculosis Fact Sheet.

I need a TB TEST.  

The TB Clinic provides evaluation, treatment and preventive treatment programs for tuberculosis (TB).

Walk-in TB risk assessment and TB testing FOR ADULTS ONLY (19 years of age and older; children must attend the Immunization Clinic) is offered at the on the following day:

  •  Tuesdays - 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

There is a charge for this service.  If you are a contact to a person with active tuberculosis, please call the TB clinic now.  Please call 703.746.4960 for additional information.

My WATER tastes funny.  

If your water tastes like chlorine or has an odor, call the Virginia American Water at 703.549.7080. For other questions about water quality and safety, you can also call the T&ES Office of Environmental Quality at 703.746.4065.