Blood Pressure Screening
The health department provides FREE blood pressure screenings to anyone that wishes to have their blood pressure checked.
What is Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps. It is important to check your blood pressure to make sure it is at a healthy level. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to many health issues such as heart disease and stroke. Behaviors that put a person at a greater risk for high blood pressure could be unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, or tobacco use.
For more information, please visit the following website or contact your local health department: CDC Blood Pressure
The Dental Team strives to teach our patients at each check-up the importance of good dental health and good oral hygiene. Our dental team provides services at the Harrisonburg health department only.
Many preventive and restorative dental services are provided to our patients. These may include:
- Six-month dental cleanings
- Dental exams
- Fluoride treatment/varnish
- Dental x-rays
- Tooth-colored and silver fillings
- Root canals
- Stainless steel and porcelain crowns
- Emergency dental treatment
Primary and secondary school entrance and sports physicals are offered by the health department. During this exam, the healthcare provider will review the patient’s medical records to make sure that their vaccinations are up to date for their age and will complete an examination of the patient’s health in order to ensure that they are healthy enough to go to school or play a sport.
Head Lice (Pediculosis)
What are head lice?
Head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) are insects that are about the size of a grain of salt, and live in human hair where they feed on tiny amounts of human blood. Head lice are hard to see because they are very small, avoid light, and move fast. It is easier to see their eggs (called nits), which resemble dandruff, but are attached to the base of the hair, close to the scalp. Head lice live only on humans – they do not infest pets.
There are four critical steps to controlling an infestation of head lice:
- Using an effective head lice treatment.
- Removing nits from the head (combing).
- Removing lice and nits from the household by vacuuming, storing, washing, or freezing objects suspected of being infested.
- Checking heads daily and removing nits until infestation is gone, followed by weekly head checks to detect re-infestation.
Detailed guidelines for head lice treatment can be found at: CDC Head Lice Treatment
More information on head lice can be found at: VDH Head Lice Treatment
Car Safety Seats
We provide many services related to child safety seats including free child safety seats and booster seats that are available for income eligible children.
For more information, please visit this website: VDH Child Passenger Safety
Tuberculosis Testing and Treatment
The health department offers services to those who have been exposed to TB.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a highly infectious disease that is caused by germs. It is spread only through the air from person to person through means such as coughing, sneezing, and speaking. This disease can affect the lungs, the brain, and the kidneys.
The symptoms of TB may include tiredness, unexplained weight loss, fever, night sweats, a bad cough that lasts for weeks, chest pain, or coughing up blood.
TB can be treated by medicines for 6-12 months and sometimes longer. In order to be cured from this disease, the medicine needs to be taken exactly as prescribed and for the full time it is prescribed.
Not everyone who carries the germs in their body become sick. There are two types of TB: latent TB infection and active TB disease. Latent TB infection means the person has the germs in their body, but has no symptoms and cannot spread the germs to another person. Active TB disease means the person is sick from the germs and can spread the germs to another person.
If you think or know that you have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with TB, please contact your local health provider or health department immediately for further instructions.
For more information on Tuberculosis, visit this website: CDC Tuberculosis (TB)