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

April 1, 2024
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaim April 1-7 as Public Health Week Each year, National Public Health Week is observed to recognize public health contributions and call attention to issues that are important to improving our nation's health. This National Public Health Week, April 1 -7, the theme: “Protecting, Connecting and Thriving” is centered around the interconnectedness of individuals, communities, and the world around us.  Health is more than health care and strong public health systems are critical for sustaining and improving community health and resiliency. Our health department team works, often behind the scenes, to protect, promote and improve the health and wellbeing of our diverse community. We are doing that by leveraging lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing to take action to meet the evolving issues that impact our community. Emerging and reemerging issues include communicable diseases, chronic conditions, climate change, emergency preparedness, health literacy, mental health and substance use. Over the next five years, we are committed to prioritizing in four areas: embedding equity in all aspects of our work, strengthening intentional community relationships grounded in trust, ensuring a thriving and inspired workforce, and equipping a robust, innovative organization to meet needs into the future. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has designated April 1 -7 Public Health Week. Watch the proclamation reading along with Director of Health Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu’s remarks (minutes ~40:00 - 48:00 of the meeting):
Text: "Three tips for spring travel" over a photo of a mom with her three young kids and luggage in an airport
March 12, 2024
If you are traveling this spring, here are three reminders to help you stay healthy while you’re away. Get up to date on your vaccines. It’s important to be up to date on recommended routine immunizations before you travel, including Flu, RSV and COVID-19. If you are not vaccinated, international travel increases your chances of getting and spreading diseases that are not common in the United Sates, like measles. Plan ahead so the vaccines have time to work with your body’s immune system. Learn more about international travel immunizations. Know before you go. The CDC shares health recommendations for destinations across the globe. When you plan your itinerary, check for travel health notices, recommended vaccines and medicines, other ways you can stay safe and healthy, and sample packing check lists. Search for your destination. Stay safe and healthy at your destination. Whether you choose a warm or cold destination, pack the right clothing and protective gear. And remember healthy habits while you have fun. Here are some examples: Protect yourself from the sun with clothing, hats, and sunscreen. Wear bug spray and take other steps to fight the bite from insects that can spread diseases. Wash your hands often. Pack hand sanitizer in case soap and water isn’t readily available. Think about what you eat and drink: choose safer foods and drinks and avoid drinking too much alcohol. Practice safer sex and use condoms to protect yourself against sexually transmitted infections. Find more travel advice for before, during, and after your trip. Visit our web page and follow us on social media for updates on respiratory viruses and other health topics.
News and updates!
March 7, 2024
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated recommendations for COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses. The CDC revised isolation guidelines for respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19, flu, RSV, and infections where the cause is not known. New guidance recommends if you become ill with a respiratory virus, stay home and away from others for at least 24 hours until symptoms improve, and if a fever was present, it has been gone without use of a fever-reducing medication. It also recommends using core and additional prevention strategies for 5 days after returning to normal activities.  These new recommendations are for the general population and non-healthcare settings. Learn more about the recommendations and prevention strategies. Read the announcement from CDC. CDC now recommends adults ages 65 years and older receive an additional dose of the updated 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine. The recommendation acknowledges the increased risk of severe disease from COVID-19 in older adults. See the CDC announcement. We continue to encourage everyone to stay up to date with recommended immunizations and maintain healthy habits to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. Visit our web page and follow us on social media for updates on respiratory viruses and other health topics.

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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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