Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments
Richmond City and Henrico County Health Departments are separate entities that, beginning January 1, 2019, have a shared leadership team.
Henrico County Health Department
The Henrico County Health Department exists and acts to protect the health of communities within Henrico County. These communities include residents, visitors, newly arrived immigrants, pregnant women, infants, school children, and many more. Chances are you are a beneficiary of the health protective services of the Henrico County Health Department if you: eat in a restaurant or cafeteria; need an immunization; live in a house with a well or septic system; received nutritional supplements and counseling while pregnant; experience a foodborne or sexually transmitted illness; experience a death in your family.
The Henrico County Health Department may offer services not available at the Richmond City Health District.
Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.
Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Visit the website for the Regional Opioid Taskforce: opioidsolutionsrva.com.
TRAINING RESIDENTS TO BECOME RESCUERS
Persons who complete the REVIVE training are given knowledge and resources needed to save a family member or friend who has overdosed on opioids. REVIVE! is helping people learn how to recognize and respond to opioid overdose emergencies by administering naloxone.
FREE FLU SHOTS
Richmond City Health District is offering FREE flu shots while supplies last. We are accepting walk-ins for infants > 6 months, children, and adults at our Cary street clinic (401 E. Main Street) between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday -Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. Minors will need to have a guardian/parent to provide consent.
Our Resource Centers will take walk-ins for adults only (sorry kids) during clinic hours at the following Resource Centers: Monday: Creighton; Tuesday: Gilpin; Wednesday: Mosby and Thursday: Southwood. Visit http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/resource-centers/ for hours and location.
May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
It’s National Physical Fitness & Sports Month! Grab a ball, hit the track, pick up a racket, take a dive or whatever else inspires you to play. There are so many ways to get active in sports and general fitness. Choose one and have fun! Follow us on social media for some great ideas on how to stay active!
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Since 1984, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has declared May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” It’s a peak season for people with asthma and allergies, and a perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, co-workers and others about these diseases.
More Than Asthma, More Than Food Allergies
More than 60 million Americans overall have asthma and allergies.
More than 26 million Americans have asthma.
More than 6 million children have asthma.
More than 10 people die every day from asthma.
More than 6 million children have food allergies.
These numbers paint a picture of how many people in the U.S. are managing asthma and allergies. Yet, these conditions are still widely misunderstood, as are many of the people who have them. Visit https://www.aafa.org/ and follow us on social media for regular updates.