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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Updates from the Health Department

June 12, 2024
As the 2023-24 school year ends and summer begins, it’s a great time for children to get up to date on their immunizations. Parents and caregivers are urged to make an appointment for their child now with their health care provider to avoid the last-minute rush before the 2024-25 school year starts. Immunizations are the most effective way to protect your child from serious illness and prevent them from missing school and other activities because they are sick. By ensuring your child is vaccinated, you not only protect them but also stop the spread of illness in schools and communities. Parents of students entering kindergarten, 7th grade, and 12th grade should be aware of the Virginia immunization requirements. Vaccines are available in our community. Find an immunization location that works for you. Make an appointment with your healthcare provider. We encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider to ensure your child is up to date on their immunizations. Many providers require an appointment, don't delay, schedule it today. In addition to ensuring immunizations are up to date, families are encouraged to catch-up on routine medical care. This includes physicals, dental appointments, vision and hearing & screenings, routine vaccinations, and more. Visit a Health Department Clinic. The Fairfax County Health Department offers immunizations to all Fairfax County students as well those who are behind on their scheduled immunizations, need a booster, and to people who are new to country. In addition to regular clinic hours, the Health Department is offering several extended hours clinics to ensure children receive the immunizations they need for school. These clinics are open to all Fairfax County students who need immunizations, regardless of if they have had vaccines in the past, are new to the country, or need a follow-up to be up to date. Call today! Appointments are limited and required. Schedule your appointment by calling 703-246-7100. See extended hours clinics schedule. Find a community clinic. Inova Cares Clinic for Families provides childhood immunizations for patients who qualify for Medicaid, FAMIS, Inova’s Financial Assistance Program, or are uninsured. Learn more. HealthWorks for Northern Virginia and Neighborhood Health provide healthcare, including vaccinations, for children, families, and individuals, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Don’t wait to schedule your appointment. Make sure your children are up to date on their immunizations as soon as possible to help them have healthy school year. Visit our website to see childhood and required school immunizations and the recommended vaccine schedule.
June 6, 2024
Each year, June 27 is recognized as National HIV Testing Day to call attention to the importance of knowing your status as well as learning about options for HIV prevention and treatment. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that can cause AIDS if it isn’t treated. The only way to know for sure if you have HIV, is to get tested. This is also true for other a sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like syphilis, gonorrhea, or chlamydia. People who have HIV or an STI may still feel healthy and be unaware that they have an infection. However, these infections can cause serious health problems and be spread to others if left untreated.   If you are sexually active, STI testing is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. When you know your status, you have powerful information to keep you and your partners healthy. Most infections can be cured, and all are treatable.  Throughout the last week of June, the Fairfax County Health Department is offering free HIV and STI testing and education at our health clinics. If needed, care and treatment support will also be offered. Free walk-in testing is available only at the following times and locations: Monday, June 24, 1 - 4:30pm. Annandale Clinic.  Tuesday, June 25, 2 - 6:30pm. Springfield Clinic. Wednesday, June 26, 1 - 4:30pm. Joseph Willard Health Center.  Thursday, June 27, 1 - 4:30pm. Herndon Reston Clinic. Friday, June 28, 8am - 12pm. Mt. Vernon Clinic.  Appointments are not necessary. However, please plan to arrive no later than 1 hour before closing time.  The Northern Virginia STI/HIV Task Force is also hosting pop-up testing events throughout Northern Virginia. The Task Force is a group of organizations, including the Fairfax County Health Department, dedicated to preventing HIV infections and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS in Northern Virginia. Learn more about the pop-up testing events in English and Spanish.  Additional Information Learn more about HIV and STIs from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Learn more about HIV/AIDS and STIs services from the Fairfax County Health Department. Visit our web page and follow us on social media for updates on these and other health topics.
A chicken walks up the ramp into its coop
June 4, 2024
Avian influenza, or bird flu, is a disease caused by an influenza (flu) A virus, such as H5N1. Bird flu is contagious and infects poultry (e.g., chickens, turkey, ducks) and other wild birds. H5N1 bird flu is widespread in bird populations and has caused the deaths of millions of birds in the United States. This same H5N1 virus also been identified as recently infecting dairy cattle herds in 9 states. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the risk of H5N1 bird flu infection for the general public who do not have exposure to infected animals remains low. There have been no reported H5N1 bird flu infections in dairy cows or people in Virginia. Human bird flu infections are rare, but possible. Bird flu can spread to humans from infected animals when enough virus gets into a person’s eyes, nose, or mouth or is inhaled. Recently there have been three human cases associated with an ongoing multistate outbreak in U.S. dairy cows (one additional case was identified in 2022 with no links to cows). To date, there has been no evidence of person-to-person spread of H5N1. However, people with close, long, unprotected contact with infected animals, or environments contaminated by infected animals are at higher risk of getting infected. So far, such infections have been rare. Information for Backyard Flock Owners Backyard poultry can carry germs that can make you sick. Follow general guidance keep you and your backyard flock healthy. Watch this video about keeping your flock healthy. Bird flu can spread quickly in your flock. Prevent contact with wild birds. Know the signs of bird flu and have a plan for what to do if your birds get sick. And always wash your hands with soap and water before and right after handling eggs, chickens, or anything in their environment. Domesticated poultry can get infected with bird flu viruses through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry, or through contact with contaminated surfaces. See this infographic about how backyard poultry can spread bird flu to people (Spanish version). According to the CDC, infected birds may show one or more of the following signs: Sudden death without prior illness Lack of energy and appetite Decreased egg production or soft-shelled or misshapen eggs Swelling of head, comb, eyelid, wattles, and hocks Purple discoloration of wattles, comb, and legs Nasal discharge, coughing, and sneezing Incoordination Diarrhea. An occasional unexplained bird death is normal. Several dead or ill birds in your flock is not normal. If there is no obvious cause of death and you see any sign of illness in your birds, take steps to protect yourself: Use personal protective equipment (PPE) when around sick or dead birds. Don’t touch sick or dead birds, their feces, litter, or any surface or water source that might be contaminated with their saliva, feces, or any other bodily fluids without wearing PPE. Learn more about recommended PPE and safe PPE removal. Wash your hands with soap and water after touching birds. Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes after contact with birds or potentially contaminated surfaces and materials until you have washed your hands well. As best as possible avoid stirring up dust, bird waste, and feathers when cleaning to prevent virus from spreading into the air. See this checklist for cleaning. Immediately report unusual deaths or multiple sick birds to State Veterinarian’s Office at 804-692-0601 or at or the U.S. Department of Agriculture by calling 1-866-536-7593. Additionally, you should check yourself for symptoms for 10 days after the last day of exposure to potentially infected birds or contaminated materials. See a healthcare provider if you become ill (even if symptoms are mild) after contact with sick birds and let them know before your visit of your recent exposure and symptoms. Stay away from other people and do not go to work or school until you have been evaluated. See more detailed information from the CDC about protecting yourself from Bird Flu. See more information and resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture about protecting your flock. Additional Information Everyone can take steps to protect themselves from bird flu. Avoid direct contact with wild birds. Observe them only from a distance, if possible. Avoid touching sick or dead animals and surfaces that may have been contaminated with their feces. Learn what to do if you find dead birds. Wash your hands and surfaces thoroughly before and after handling poultry, meat, and eggs. Drink pasteurized milk, not raw milk/milk products. Cook poultry, meat, and eggs to the right internal temperature to kill bacteria and viruses, including H5N1 viruses. Get your yearly flu vaccine to reduce the risk of human influenza infection and of human and bird flu infections occurring together. For the information on the most recent bird flu developments in the U.S., please visit the CDC Current Situation Summary page or the VDH Novel and Variant Influenza (Flu) A Viruses page. Visit our web page and follow us on social media for updates on bird flu as they are available and other health topics.
Binbin Yang, Senior Community Health Specialist conducts a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program session.
May 30, 2024
Binbin Yang leading CDSMP workshop at Lake Anne House Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month  Chronic conditions — like heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes — are persistent health conditions that require ongoing management and care. The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) empowers those living with chronic disease to care for their physical and mental well-being through education, skills, and support. Binbin Yang, Senior Community Health Specialist who works primarily with the Chinese community, in collaboration with Silver Light Seniors Association conducts a CDSMP workshop in Chinese. Participants meet every Monday for six weeks at Lake Anne House, where they develop skills, set goals, and create personalized action plans for the following week. “The action plan is a crucial part of CDSMP,” said Binbin. “Participants utilize self-management tools and skills they learned from the workshop, integrate their cultural traditions and routines into the action plan, gradually change their health behaviors, and become better chronic disease self-managers.” Program participant, 89-year-old Chunquan Zhang, shared his action plan of the week: calligraphy. Zhang says practicing the precise movements required in calligraphy enhance hand-eye coordination and fine motor control. Calligraphy also helps him remain sharp and focused, as the rhythmic nature of calligraphy has a calming effect and helps reduce stress and anxiety and improve overall mental well-being. By taking things one week at a time, participants are able to incorporate accessible and lasting techniques they can use to manage their illness. By the end of the six-week program, participants often demonstrate significant improvements in pain levels, exercise, cognitive symptom management, fatigue, and increased confidence in their ability to manage their chronic illness. To learn more about the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program email

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