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    Alabama Department of Public Health issues 2022 Fish Consumption Advisories

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).  ADEM, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources...

    ADPH provides information regarding infant formula shortages

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program realizes the challenges that many families are facing with the current nationwide infant formula shortages. ADPH WIC is working daily to address this issue in Alabama.ADPH WIC’s infant...

    ADPH observes Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2022

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is participating in the annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 23-29, 2022, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of this week is to maximize the health...

    Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for children 5-11 now authorized, recommendations updated

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Children ages 5 - 11 are now authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least five months after completion of the primary vaccine series. Children ages 5 - 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should...

    Investigations of nine young children with adenovirus are underway

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Since November 2021, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in collaboration with pediatric healthcare providers including hospitals who treat children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been investigating an increase in hepatitis in young children. These...

    CDC offers new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) Calculator for the public

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have declined greatly in Alabama. However, it is unknown if the BA.2 subvariant or other emerging variants may escape the immune's systems response from either a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccine-induced protection. If so, mitigation...

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    Pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations are at record high in Alabama, immediate measures necessary

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Hospitalizations of children in Alabama due to COVID-19 are at a record high, and immediate measures should be taken to reduce COVID-19 in the pediatric population. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics...

    COVID-19 boosters now authorized for ages 12-15, dosing interval lowered, additional primary dose recommended for certain immunocompromised children

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has notified Alabama healthcare providers that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have endorsed new recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinations. The updates came about after a...

    Paused monoclonal antibodies for treatment of COVID-19 disease available again

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As of December 23, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had announced the temporary pause in allocations of some monoclonal antibodies and on Monday, Jan. 3, The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has received an advisory from the...

    Reporting of COVID-19 deaths in Alabama appears to differ from other reporting

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  - Death counts from COVID-19 appear to vary widely based on their reporting sources—the news media, hospitals and county health departments—and there are reasons these apparent discrepancies in the number of deaths occur.  “The Alabama Department of Public Health considers any deaths to...

    Don’t let your guard down, COVID-19 continues circulating in Alabama communities

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - COVID-19 continues to infect persons in Alabama, with the Delta variant the predominant strain. Given that recent numbers of cases, percent positive tests and hospitalizations are decreasing, Alabamians may feel that the worst is behind us. However, the potential for this...

    Pregnant women and other eligible Alabamians ages 12 and older are urged to be vaccinated for COVID-19

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As dozens of pregnant women and pediatric patients with COVID-19 in Alabama are hospitalized each day, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) urges all pregnant women and all eligible adolescents ages 12 - 17 to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In...

    COVID-19 surges in Alabama children, vaccination and other measures needed to prevent further spread

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health reports a significant increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 at this time of year, compared to the same time in 2020. Coupled with this increase in cases, ADPH notes that Alabama has at least 50...

    CDC issues guidance as transmission of contagious Delta COVID-19 variant surges, prevention measures outlined

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - More than 900 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Alabama, the largest number since February, and too few Alabama residents are vaccinated. High vaccination coverage will reduce the spread of the virus and help prevent new variants from emerging.  State Health Officer Dr....

    Alabama providers asked to pause administering Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Out of an abundance of caution, the Alabama Department of Public Health has asked all health care providers in the state to pause administering the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine due to an investigation of reports of potentially dangerous blood...

    Order of the state health officer suspending certain public gatherings due to risk of infection by COVID-19

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      WHEREAS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama;   WHEREAS the appearance of COVID-19 in the State poses the potential of widespread exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people;   WHEREAS the State Board of...

    ADPH announces Mental Health Awareness Week

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. That is why each year, during the first week of October, participants across...

    ADPH confirms state’s first death from vaping-associated illness

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed the state's first death from a vaping-associated injury. The deceased is an adult male in east Alabama. The death comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues its investigation of...

    ADPH seeks input on maternal and child health care needs

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is asking for input from Alabamians to assess the health needs of women of childbearing age, infants, children and youth in the state. One way the public can assist is by participating in anonymous...

    Getting married in Alabama? Changes you need to know

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Effective Aug. 29, 2019, the process for entering into a legal marriage in Alabama will change. Under Alabama Act 2019-340, persons wanting to marry will no longer file an application for a marriage license with their county probate court, and the...

    ADPH issues advisory against consuming largemouth bass from most Alabama waters

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is advising that no largemouth bass be consumed from most bodies of water in Alabama due to mercury contamination. Specific to Cullman County, it advises against consuming largemouth bass from Lake Catoma, and any...

    Alabama health officials confirm state’s first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis, rare polio-like disease

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    BIRMINGHAM - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has confirmed the state's first case of Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM), a rare polio-like disease that affects the nervous system. Health officials say the cause of the disease is unknown at this time. The ADPH said...

    Widespread flu outbreak prompts Gov. Ivey to declare State Public Health Emergency

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    MONTGOMERY - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday declared a State Public Health Emergency due to this season's widespread outbreak of the influenza virus. Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is expected to hold a news conference on Friday to provide additional information...

    January is Radon Action Month; ADPH offers free radon test kits

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    MONTGOMERY - Do you know that winter is the perfect time to protect the health of yourself and your family from radon? Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, and is the leading cause of lung cancer in...

    ADPH issues alert of increased flu activity across Alabama

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    MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an alert of increased influenza (flu) activity across the state. A media release from the ADPH reminds the public that the flu is a very contagious respiratory illness, with symptoms including fever, cough,...

    ADPH: ‘Share Your Smile with Alabama’ photo contest open to 3rd graders statewide

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    MONTGOMERY - A healthy smile is important to children, both for their overall health and self-esteem. The Oral Health Office of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is launching its smile photo contest, and it is open to all third-grade students residing in...

    Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday Begins Friday

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    MONTGOMERY – Alabama’s 10th Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, and end at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 9. “This is a perfect opportunity for parents to purchase needed school supplies and get a tax break at the same time,”...

    Children in Alabama being tested for Enterovirus D68

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    MONTGOMERY - Reports of cases from across the nation have prompted concern among parents of children and teenagers about enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).   On Aug. 29, 2014, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) sent a message to all primary care physicians to consider testing for...

    ADPH seeks input on maternal and child health care needs

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    MONTGOMERY - The Alabama Department of Public Health is asking that families with children or youth complete an online survey concerning health and health care services. The anonymous survey is being conducted during the months of July through September and takes about 20 minutes...

    Avoid senseless tragedy by never leaving children alone in vehicles

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    MONTGOMERY – Each summer there are deaths related to heat exposure in Alabama. The extremely hot temperatures in summer should remind parents, grandparents and caregivers not to leave children unattended in vehicles. Young children are at special risk because their bodies heat up three...

    Prevent Foodborne illnesses on hot Summer days

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    MONTGOMERY – Picnics, backyard grilling, camping, weddings and outdoor family reunion meals can provide a perfect environment for foodborne illnesses because the hot temperatures of summer create an ideal time for bacteria to grow. Recent foodborne illness outbreaks that resulted in hospitalizations should remind...

    Are you eligible for WIC?

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    MONTGOMERY – Alabama families may qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC. If you are a woman who is pregnant, just had a baby within the past six months, who is breastfeeding, or who is...

    Alabama experiences significant H1N1 influenza activity this season

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    MONTGOMERY – While the flu season is just getting started in much of the country, activity is already high in Alabama, along with Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Reports from Alabama’s network of providers who report influenza-like illness and send influenza samples for...

    Prevent foodborne illnesses this holiday season

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    MONTGOMERY – Recent foodborne outbreaks that resulted in hospitalizations should alert Alabamians to follow safe food preparation and storage practices. As the holidays approach and the number of parties, covered-dish meals, and family gatherings increase, the Alabama Department of Public Health promotes safe food...

    WIC Program receives additional funding through October

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    MONTGOMERY – The federal government has provided additional funds for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) programs to operate. The Alabama WIC Program will continue to see participants and issue benefits through the month of October. Participants will be limited to one month's issuance of...

    ADPH announces WIC Program status is uncertain

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    MONTGOMERY – Due to the federal government shutdown effective, Oct. 1, 2013, the future of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is uncertain. The Alabama WIC Program is continuing to issue food instruments. Participants are currently receiving one month of WIC benefits.   The Alabama...

    Sterile Product Recall Issued—Specialty Compounding, LLC, Cedar Park, Texas

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    MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Department of Public Health was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting healthcare professionals not to use any sterile products from Specialty Compounding, LLC, of Cedar Park, Texas.   After 15...