Central Virginia Health District

Central Virginia Health District logo and "Serving Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell. Kerry Gateley, MD, MPH, CPE District Health Director"

We nurture the community's wellbeing by practicing public health, meeting the needs of the present while planning for the future.

Special Public Health News

New 2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccines

On September 12, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approved the updated 2023 - 2024 COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.  The new vaccine is monovalent, which means that it has one component targeting the XBB.1.5 strain of the Omicron variant.  Most people will only need one dose.

For most people, the 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine will be available at no out-of-pocket cost.  Many private insurances (as well as Medicare Part B and Medicaid) will likely cover the cost of the vaccine.  If you or your child are uninsured or underinsured, programs like the Bridge Access Program and Vaccines for Children Program will cover the cost of the vaccine.

You will be able to find the vaccine at pharmacies, doctor's offices, federally qualified health centers, free clinics, and health departments.  If you would like to find a location near you to get the new 2023-2023 vaccine, visit www.vaccines.gov.  We are now scheduling appointments for the new 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine.  To schedule an appointment, you can call 434-477-5974.

CVHD Highlights

Rapid Autism Screening Clinic

On Friday, October 6, Dr. Anjali Ferguson will be coming to the Lynchburg Health Department to conduct free rapid autism screenings!

The screening is a play-based assessment, and the entire evaluation will take place in 30 minutes.  Following the assessment, families will receive a brief diagnosis and recommendations.  The screening is open for children aged 18 months - 48 months with developmental concerns.  Registration is required.

To register, you can fill out the registration form.

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Did you know that cats have recently been the most common domestic animal to be infected with rabies? Outdoor cats can be exposed to rabies if they encounter a rabid animal outside. Even indoor cats might be exposed to rabies if a bat gets inside the house! Protect your cats (and dogs, ferrets, horses, cattle and sheep) safe from rabies this World Rabies Day by making sure they are up to date on their rabies vaccinations! By law, all cats and dogs 4 months of age and older are required to have a current rabies vaccination.Talk to your veterinarian about getting a rabies vaccine for your pet. The Lynchburg Humane Society also offers rabies vaccination for dogs and cats. To learn more, visit: lynchburghumane.org/services/spay-neuter-clinic/#WorldRabiesDay #rabiesawarenessweek ... See MoreSee Less
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Contact the Central Virginia Health District:

307 Alleghany Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Email for food inspection/permits, well and septic, and rabies:
434 - 477 - 5900