|The Heritage Center in Annandale|
Parents planning to take advantage of the free back-to-school immunizations at one of the Fairfax County health clinics should be aware that the Falls Church clinic, on Leesburg Pike, is closing permanently at noon, Aug. 23.
The health staff is relocating to Annandale, but the new clinic, in the Heritage Center office building at 7611 Little River Turnpike (Suite 400E in the East Wing) won’t open until Aug. 30, 8 a.m.
The Annandale clinic will be open 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.-noon on Fridays, and by appointment only on Thursdays. For fastest service, it’s best to call for an appointment (703/534-8343). You’ll need to bring a copy of your child’s immunization records.
There are several other Fairfax County-operated health clinics in other parts of the county, and you can always get immunizations from private health-care providers.
The Annandale clinic will offer free STD (sexually transmitted disease) tests, including HIV tests, during regular clinic hours. It will also have an STD walk-in clinic on Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m., starting Sept. 10.
In addition to the health clinic, the move from Falls Church to Annandale involves about 400 employees of several county departments.
The move will be carried out in two phases. The Department of Family Services will move to the West Wing of the Heritage Center Aug. 16-22, with the office opening scheduled for 8 a.m. on Aug. 22. That office includes child protective services; adult protective services; aging, disability, and caregiver resources; and short-term emergency help with basic needs.
The Health Department, Community Services Board, and the Neighborhood and Community Services Department will move to the East Wing of the Heritage Center Aug. 23-30 and will open at 8 a.m., Aug. 30.
The Community Services Board provides treatment services and referrals for people with mental illness, substance abuse problems, intellectual disabilities, and infants and toddlers with developmental delays.
Neighborhood and Community Services oversees a number of programs, including sports leagues for kids and adults, recreational services, after-school programs, teen centers, community centers, services for seniors, and opportunities for volunteers.
The offices moving to Annandale are expected to be relocated again in a few years to a new office complex planned for Bailey’s Crossroads.