2018 Regional News Releases

August 15, 2018

Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department to Offer Back-to-School Vaccine Clinics

(Charlottesville, Va.) — To help families prepare for the new school year, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department is offering three walk-in (no appointments necessary) back-to-school vaccine clinics this month. more>>

August 1, 2018

Protect Yourself from Mosquito Borne Diseases such as West Nile Virus
Residents Reminded to Empty Standing Water and Protect Against Mosquito Bites

(Richmond, Va.) The Virginia Department of Health reminds residents in the Richmond Metro Area to protect themselves and their families against mosquitoes. Recent heavy rains due to seasonal weather systems in central Virginia are leaving standing water, and that means more breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Mosquito bites are not just red and itchy; they can also transmit diseases, such as West Nile Virus. more>>

August 1, 2018

Prince William Health District Advises Taking Steps to Prevent Mosquito Bites
Residents Reminded to Empty Standing Water and Protect Against Mosquito Bites

(Prince William County) With summer comes mosquitoes that bother us during our outdoor activities. The Prince William Health District (PWHD) reminds everyone that mosquitoes can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika. PWHD offers information and suggestions on how to protect yourself and your family from the bite of these pests, and the diseases they carry. more>>

July 31, 2018

Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabid Cat in Maurertown
Seek Help Immediately if You Were Exposed

(Winchester, Va.) — The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying the public of a rabid cat found on the south end of Maurertown. On Friday July 27, 2018, at least three persons in or near the Hillview Subdivision in Maurertown, Va., were attacked by a black cat which was found to be infected with rabies. Known attacks occurred specifically on Nikita Drive and nearby Old Valley Pike. The cat has been captured and euthanized, and no longer poses a threat, but anyone who believes they had contact with this cat, especially if bitten, scratched, or licked by it, should immediately report to the nearest emergency room. more>>

July 30, 2018

Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District Offers Gun Locks for Safety
Owners Encouraged to “Lock Guns 4 Loved Ones”

(Warrenton, Va.)— Since 2007, gun-related fatalities have remained one of the top three methods of unnatural death in Virginia. In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District’s recently completed Community Health Assessment, residents identified preventing gun violence as a community concern. more>>

July 13, 2018

Every Woman’s Life Program Offers Free Cancer Screening Services

(Fredericksburg, Va.) — The Mary Washington Hospital Foundation recently awarded the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) a 6-month, $13,032 grant for RAHD’s Every Woman’s Life (EWL) Program to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast and cervical cancer. The EWL program is a public health initiative that helps uninsured, low-income women gain access to free breast and cervical cancer screening services. Screening and early detection reduce death rates, improve treatment options and generally increase survival. more>>

July 13, 2018

Orange Health Department Holding Back to School Vaccine Clinic

(Warrenton, Va.)— The Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District is hosting a free school vaccine clinic at the Orange Health Department July 20 from 1 – 3:30 p.m. The focus is on preventing meningitis (meningococcal disease) and Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancer. Other school vaccines will be provided as appropriate. more>>

July 3, 2018

Lord Fairfax Health District Warns Residents of Rabies Risk

(Winchester, Va.) — Within the past three weeks, two foxes captured within Winchester City limits have tested positive for rabies, according to the Lord Fairfax Health Department. “While the captured foxes pose no further threat, they may have infected animals in and around the city,” says Lord Fairfax Health District Director Dr. Colin Greene. “To prevent rabies, avoid interactions with wild animals, and keep your animals vaccinated.” more>>

June 22, 2018

Lord Fairfax Health District Offers Hepatitis A Vaccines at No Cost to the Patient Protect Yourself, Your Partner, and Your Family

(Winchester, Va.) — Hepatitis A is a serious infection of the liver that can be prevented by a vaccine. Lord Fairfax Health District provides Hepatitis A vaccine at all five of its clinic locations. Patients can walk-in, without an appointment during business hours to receive the vaccine. Although we do bill insurance, the vaccine is offered at no cost to the patient. more>>

June 18, 2018

Rabies Warning: Bat Sighted in Pass Mountain Hut
Health Officials Say Some Hikers May Need Treatment

(Winchester, Va.) — The Lord Fairfax Health District is notifying any hikers who spent the night of Thursday, June 7 through Friday, June 8, 2018 in the Pass Mountain Hut that it is possible that they may have been exposed to rabies. more>>

June 8, 2018

Local Health Departments Expand Services to Now Offer Birth, Marriage, and Divorce Certificates

(Charlottesville, Va.) – To help provide easy access to important vital records that document life events, local health departments in the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD) have expanded services from providing just death certificates to now also providing certified copies of birth, marriage, and divorce certificates. more >>

April 10, 2018

Lord Fairfax Health District Provides Free Rescue Medication for Opioid Overdoses

(Winchester, Va.) — Opioid abuse has severely affected Virginia, and the Lord Fairfax Health District wants to enable more community members to reverse overdoses and help save a life. Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a fast-acting, safe and easy-to-administer nasal spray that can provide lifesaving temporary reversal of effects in opioid overdoses. more>>

January 31, 2018

Grant to Help Fund Maternity Program

Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund Awards $100,000 Grant to the Rappahannock Area Health District

(Fredericksburg, Va.)— In January 2018, the Mary Washington Hospital Community Benefit Fund awarded the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) a $100,000 grant for its “Complicated Obstetrical and High Risk Maternity Care Program.” more>>