Health Department

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our administration office at 10777 Main Street in Fairfax is open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Clinic services are not offered at this location.
703-246-2411 TTY 711
10777 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
Gloria Addo-Ayensu, M.D., M.P.H.
Director of Health

What We Do

As an agency of the Fairfax County Health and Human Services System, we work to protect, promote and improve health and quality of life for all who live, work and play in our community. We do this by preventing epidemics and the spread of disease, protecting the public against environmental hazards, promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors, assuring the quality and accessibility of health services, responding to natural and man-made disasters, and assisting communities in recovery. Our vision is for all Fairfax County residents to live in thriving communities where every person has the opportunity to be healthy, safe and realize his or her potential.

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News and Updates

Celebrating Black History Month

February 23, 2024
Each February in the U.S., we recognize Black History Month to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Black and African Americans. As we honor the contributions of the past, we also work to advance health equity and foster a healthy community now and in the future. Health equity is when everyone has an equal opportunity to be as healthy as possible. The Health Department’s Outreach Team puts health equity into action by building relationships, listening to the needs of the community, providing culturally and linguistically appropriate information, and making connections to health services. Through these resources, Fairfax Health District residents are more empowered to create healthier outcomes. For Black History Month, Community Health Specialists who work within the Black and African communities share information to help you be a champion for your health. Heart Disease Erika Logan, Outreach and Engagement Supervisor, highlights heart disease disparities affecting Black women and shares how to maintain heart health. Heart disease refers to several types of heart conditions. Coronary artery disease affects the blood flow to the heart and is the most common heart disease. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors for heart disease. You can prevent or manage heart disease through healthy lifestyle habits and by taking charge of health conditions. Learn more about heart disease.   Colorectal Cancer Frank Owusu, Senior Community Health Specialist, shares tips to prevent colon cancer. Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is that occurs in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in the United States. And according to the National Cancer Institute, it is more common in men than women and among those of African American descent. The best way to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer is by having regular screening tests beginning at age 45. Learn more about colon cancer.   Cancer Prevention Mariama Kalokoh, Community Health Specialist, focuses on ways you can take action to prevent cancer. Cancer is a disease in which some of the body’s cells grow uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can start almost anywhere in the body. Black and African American people have higher rates of getting and dying from many kinds of cancer compared to people of other races. You can lower your risk of getting many common kinds of cancer by making healthy habits, getting certain vaccines, and getting recommended screening tests. Learn more about cancer.   Additional resources For more information about Black History Month in Fairfax County, see Celebrating Black History Month in Fairfax County. For more updates from the Health Department, visit our web page and follow us on social media.
Protect your child from measles Measles is still common in many parts of the world.  Unvaccinated travelers who get measles in other countries continue to bring the disease into the United States. [Illustration of a plane flying around the world]  Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine: MMR 1st dost at 12-15 months 2nd dose at 4-6 years [Illustration of MMR vaccine]  Traveling abroad with your child? Infants 6 to 11 months old need 1 dose of
February 12, 2024
Over the past several weeks there have been three measles cases confirmed in people living in or traveling through the National Capitol Region. And sadly we are not alone, measles outbreaks are occurring in every region of the world with health officials in many countries reporting large outbreaks. Measles is caused by a highly contagious virus. In fact, it is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected. Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Other people then become infected when they breathe contaminated air or touch an infected surface and then touch their eyes, nose, or mouth. The measles virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace after an infected person leaves the area. Measles symptoms typically begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes followed by a rash. Measles can be serious in all age groups. However, some groups are more likely to suffer from complications: Children younger than five years of age Adults older than 20 years of age Pregnant people People with compromised immune systems, such as from leukemia or HIV infection Serious complications include pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (infection of the brain). Measles infection can also be fatal. Measles and Travel Measles is still common in many places, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Every year, measles is brought into the United States by unvaccinated travelers, most often Americans and sometimes foreign visitors, who get measles while they are in other countries. Credit: CDC If you plan to travel internationally, make sure you and your family are protected, no matter where you are going. The best protection against measles is vaccination. You should plan to be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before you leave for your trip. Measles Prevention Vaccines help teach the immune system how to defend against germs, helping to build up natural defenses. They can prevent common diseases that used to seriously harm or even kill infants, children, and adults — like measles. The MMR vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella. It is safe and highly effective: two doses are about 97% effective at preventing measles if exposed to the virus. See the recommend vaccine schedule to learn more about when your child should get an MMR vaccine, and other recommended vaccines. Following the recommended schedule helps reduce the risk of serious diseases that can be prevented. While under the routine immunization schedule, children receive their first vaccine against measles at 12-15 months of age, infants between 6 and 11 months of age should receive one dose of measles vaccine before traveling internationally. Stay Informed Learn more about measles. Find answers to frequently asked questions about measles and the vaccine used to prevent it. Visit our web page and follow us on social media for updates on viruses and other health topics.
COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard Revised
February 9, 2024
The COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard has been updated with a new focus on 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine data. The CDC currently recommends a single 2023–2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine for most people.* Therefore the Fairfax County Health Department will no longer report data on the percentage of residents in Fairfax Health District who completed their primary series and boosters. Instead, the dashboard now focuses on 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine metrics and the total doses given since COVID-19 vaccines became available. The updated COVID-19 vaccines have been recommended since September 2023. They were updated to provide more protection from severe disease, hospitalization, and death from the variants that are currently circulating. Currently, 18.6% of residents in Fairfax Health District received the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine. We continue to encourage you to keep yourself and others in the community safe by staying up to date with the recommended vaccines. Vaccination remains the safest way to avoid hospitalization, long-term health outcomes, and death. Learn more about the benefits. It’s not too late to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit vaccines.gov to find a location near you. If you are uninsured or underinsured, you can get a no-cost COVID-19 vaccine through participating providers. Visit the CDC’s Bridge Access Program page for more information.   * Vaccine recommendations are based on age, and in some cases, time since last dose, the first vaccine received, and immunocompromised status. People who are immunocompromised or younger than 5 years may need an additional dose.

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About the Health & Human Services System

This agency is a part of the Fairfax County Health & Human Services System (HHS). The HHS System is a network of county agencies and community partners that support the well-being of all who live, work and play in Fairfax County.


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