Health Department supports Inova Loudoun Hospital's Health Fair
The Loudoun County Health Department provides a wide range of health care services and works to ensure the health and well-being of Loudoun County residents.
Health Department supports Inova Loudoun Hospital's Health Fair
Happy Global Handwashing Day!
We’re going LIVE today at 11 AM ET for a handwashing demonstration to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. goo.gl/L4vfzV
Health Department staff and Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps volunteers gave nearly 300 free flu vaccinations today to adults and children >9 years old. If you have not received a flu shot yet this season, please #getafluvax soon!
When 39-year-old Charlie Hinderliter got the flu last winter, he ended up in a medically induced coma and spent 58 days hospitalized. Serious, even fatal, complications can hit patients of any age.
We’re in the middle of our annual flu clinic! Thank you to staff and Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps volunteers for making this available to the community!
A flu vaccine can keep you from getting sick with flu, helping protect you, your loved ones, and the moments that matter most.
Last flu season, 80,000 people died from the flu and even more got sick. Flu vaccination can prevent you from getting the flu and can lessen the symptoms and severity of the illness if you do get sick.
An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and its complications last winter — the disease’s highest death toll in at least four decades
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The Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is deploying volunteers to assist in North Carolina. We are thankful to our dedicated group of MRC members who are trained and prepared to respond to emergencies, and are thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by Hurricane Florence.
If you would like to be eligible to volunteer to help in future emergencies, please visit the MRC website and sign up today to become a Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps member. Registration is online, training is free, and medical and non-medical volunteers are always needed. www.loudounmrc.com
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
National Hurricane Center: there is an increasing risk of life-threatening impacts from Florence, storm surge at the coast and freshwater flooding inland from prolonged & exceptionally heavy rainfall. ALL Virginians should take time to prepare their family, home and workplace.
For preparedness information and resources for floods and hurricanes please review: VAemergency.gov/floods and VAemergency.gov/hurricanes. Coastal Virginians should learn their evacuation zone and review the Hurricane Evacuation Guide at KnowYourZoneVA.org.
Loudoun County Government
September is #NatlPrep Month. Now is the time to make a plan for any type of emergency that might occur in #Loudoun. Online tools help make the planning process easy and quick. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/2N5PFDa #ReadyLoudoun
Loudoun County Government
Virginia Health Officials Are Investigating Potential Measles Exposure in Loudoun County.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Loudoun County Health Department is informing people who were at two specific locations in Loudoun County on August 17 and August 20, 2018 that they may have been exposed to a person with measles. Health officials are mounting a coordinated effort to identify people who may have been exposed.
Listed below are the dates, times and locations of the potential exposure sites associated with the case of measles:
— Health Services and Office Building at 205 Hirst Road, Purcellville, VA, on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
— 2 Riverbend Building at 44084 Riverside Parkway, Lansdowne, VA, on Monday, August 20, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The Health Department is not aware of any other Virginia locations or dates where exposures may have occurred.
Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing, and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth, and throat of an infected individual. Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough. The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body. Based on the date of exposure, we have determined that if you were infected with measles, you may develop symptoms as late as September 10, 2018.
What should you do if you were at one of the above locations at the time specified?
— If you have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past, your risk of being infected with measles from any of these exposures is very low.
— If you have never received MMR vaccine, you may be at risk of measles. If you notice the symptoms of measles, immediately limit your exposure to others. Please call your primary health care provider to discuss further care. Call ahead before going to the office or the emergency room and tell your primary health care provider’s office that you were exposed to measles.
— Residents who believe they may have been exposed to measles at these two locations on the dates and during the time frames indicated, and have never received an MMR vaccine, please call 703-771-5512 and leave a message with your contact information and a Health Department representative will follow up with you.
Measles is easily preventable through safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the on-time vaccination of all susceptible persons. Two doses are recommended for most individuals with the first dose given at age 12-15 months and the second prior to kindergarten entry (age 4-6 years).
While few measles cases are reported in the U.S., the disease is common in many parts of the world, including popular tourist destinations. All persons who will be traveling internationally should be evaluated for measles immunity and vaccinated as needed.
For more information on measles, visit the Virginia Department of Health website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/epidemiology-fact-sheets/measles-rubeola/
Governor Ralph Northam proclaims September 17-21 as SepticSmart Week 2018 in Virginia https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/proclamations/proclamation/septicsmart-week.html
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Google is celebrating what would have been Helen Rodríguez Trías 89th birthday
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The National Safety Council highlights that car crashes are the leading cause of death for children. 2015 data shows that more than three children died each day. We can do more to ensure #No1GetsHurt: https://bit.ly/2vGZRLb
Enjoy a safe holiday weekend and 4th of July by enjoying a public fireworks display and leave fireworks to a professional! See below for local fireworks:
Fireworks Safety Tips and 2018 Public Firework Displays
More than 40,000 people were killed in crashes on U.S. roads in 2017, according to preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council. Another 4.57 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention. Share to ensure #No1GetsHurt: nsc.org/nsm
One approach to mitigating the abuse of prescription drugs – especially with the growing problem with abuse and addiction to opioids – are the periodic drug take-back events such as those sponsored by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Inova Loudo...
Happy last day of the school year! Free breakfast and lunch is still available all summer long for kids 18 and under from Loudoun County School Nutrition Services. No registration required! See below for locations, dates, and times.
PowerFuel summer meal program kicks off tomorrow!! Please help us spread the word and share our updated flyers with confirmed meal times for all of our open sites!! Sterling Library will be our first site to open TOMORROW!
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When was the last time you got 7-9 hours of sleep? Missing out on your rest can put you at risk for fatigue. Learn more at nsc.org/nsm #No1GetsHurt
Create emergency kits for your home and car. Practice your emergency plans with your family. Simple steps can make sure #No1GetsHurt. Learn more at nsc.org/nsm
Emergencies can happen at any time. Are you prepared? Make 1 change this National Safety Month to make sure #No1getsHurt. Learn more at www.nsc.org/nsm
Every 3 minutes, someone dies from something 100% preventable. National Safety Month is a call to action to reverse this trend. Join us to ensure #No1GetsHurt www.nsc.org/nsm
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Memorial Day weekend traditionally serves as the ceremonial first pitch of summer outdoor activities. Along with the ballgames and barbecues, there is another side to summer in Loudoun County. A side that bites – literally, in many cases. Hiking, camping or otherwise venturing out into nature also...
Have a happy and safe Memorial Day, everyone! Here are some tips on having a food safe summer!
Loudoun County School Nutrition Services
We are pleased to announce our 2018 PowerFuel Summer Meal sites!!! All students 18 and under eat for free! Meal times will be confirmed soon!
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Maryland health officials have confirmed a case of measles in a person who spent time around the D.C. area this past week.
Drowning is a leading cause of death among Virginia’s children 1 to 4 years old. Always supervise children when they are around water.
School is almost out for the year! If you have a child completing 5th grade, don't forget that they need a Tdap vaccination before they can enter 6th grade in the fall!
Loudoun County Health Department is offering Tdap vaccination appointments all summer long, so call today to schedule!
Hope For Tomorrow
The Loudoun County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a group of volunteers dedicated to assisting the Health Department both in cases of emergency and routine operations. They are looking for both medical and non-medical volunteers.
If am epidemic or bioterrorism event requires it, the Loudoun County Health Department is preparing for the possibility of opening emergency mass vaccination and medication dispensing sites in select locations throughout the county. MRC volunteers, both nonmedical and medical, would be key to staffing these sites.
MRC members can also assist with other public health responses in our community and have the opportunity to be trained in CPR and first aid if they so desire.
Please consider volunteering if you are
- In Loudoun County and are at least 16 years old
- Willing to complete an orientation session and incident command class, either online or in person
- Willing to serve during an emergency and have no professional or personal commitment that may prevent you from doing so
- Willing to undergo a reference or background check
If you decide to become part of our MRC you will:
- Be offered free training on such topics as CPR, first aid, incident command, and emergency preparedness
- Receive an orientation by the Health Department
- Play a significant role in keeping your family and community safe
Note: There is no regular, scheduled meeting attendance required.
For further information and to register please go to www.loudounmrc.com.
Don’t swallow the water you swim in!
One mouthful of water with germs can make you sick for
Enjoy the latest rhyme from Fairfax County Health Department's MC Bugg-Z and learn how and why to protect yourself from tick bites!
Have you heard our new rhyme to target Lyme? MC Bugg-Z drops knowledge and bars to help you protect yourself from tick bites and Lyme disease.
It’s Healthy & Safe Swimming Week! Learn how to stay healthy & safe in the water this summer & all year:
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Loudoun Targets Lyme is a sponsor of our May 20th Open House at Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department. Stop by between noon and 3:45pm to learn how to protect yourself from Lyme disease and the latest on early detection and treatment while the kids enjoy all of our other fun activities!
Lyme Disease Educational Video
Loudoun Lyme Disease Commission animated video on staying safe from Lyme disease
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On Saturday, Loudoun County Health Department partnered with Hope for Tomorrow to provide free dental services for 200 people.
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Loudoun County Sheriff's Office
Another successful #DEATakeBackDay in #Loudoun!
The drug take-back today was a success with 1174 pounds of prescription medications collected, which placed LCSO & Middleburg Police Department as the regional leader in drugs collected and turned over to the DEA for destruction.
“Addiction often starts from a medicine cabinet and not from a street corner,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “Unfortunately, it often ends up on the street corner. It is imperative we remove unused and unneeded medications from our streets to help prevent abuse,” added Sheriff Chapman after today’s successful take-back day.
Since the introduction of the program in Loudoun County in 2010, over 10,000 pounds in prescription medications have been collected.
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The department collects information and identifies problems and conditions that potentially affect the health of the public, and assists with the strategies to deal with these problems. The Health Department also provides advice on health-related matters, works to control the spread of disease, and inspects and investigates conditions which may adversely affect public health. The Health Department is working closely with the medical community, public safety agencies and citizens to continue to keep everyone safe from the potential of chemical, biological and radiation attack.
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