MCHD warns of health risks related to high temperatures

June 14, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. — The National Weather Service is predicting hot and humid conditions across our forecast area today and tomorrow, with high temperatures forecast to reach into the lower to mid-90s. The humidity will result in heat index readings as high as 102 to 107 degrees.

While these values are expected to be just shy of the Heat Advisory criteria of at least 108 degrees, they will be elevated enough that those spending extended periods of time outdoors today and tomorrow should exercise caution and drink plenty of fluids.

The Mobile County Health Department is warning people that heat cramps, sunburn, and heat exhaustion are likely, and heat stroke is possible, with prolonged exposure and/or physical activity when Heat Index values are at these levels.
Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, and those who are physically ill (especially with heart disease or high blood pressure) are at the greatest risk. Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, resulting in hundreds of fatalities each year.
“We urge everyone in our community to understand the dangers of heat-related illnesses or deaths,” said Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County.

Tips for preventing heat-related disorders
• Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Do not wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Do not drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar. They cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
• Electric fans may provide comfort; but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Take a cool shower or bath. Moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
• Never leave children (or anyone else) or pets in a closed, parked vehicle.
• Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children need more frequent watching.

If you must be out in the heat
• Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
• Cut down on outdoor exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. Warning: If you are on a low salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.

• Try to rest often in shady areas.
• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Also, put sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

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MCHD plans numerous COVID-19 vaccine events in the next week

June 11, 2021

MCHD plans numerous COVID-19 vaccine events in the next week

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team has more opportunities to get your vaccine shots coming up in the next week.

On Saturday, June 12, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the Southeastern Hunting & Fishing Expo at the Mobile Convention Center’s South Exhibit Hall (1 South Water Street in Mobile) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MCHD will offer both the first dose of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (ages 12 and older) or the single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (ages 18 and older).

On Saturday, June 12, MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at Medal of Honor Park (1711 Hillcrest Road in Mobile) from 3 to 6 p.m. This will take place during the gospel music festival hosted by Gods Anointed Productions. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Saturday, June 12, MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at Children’s Medical Group (610 Providence Park Drive, Suite 201) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Thursday, June 15, MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at Vigor High School (913 North Wilson Avenue in Prichard) from 1 to 5 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, , MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at the Erich Heine Learning Center (4 Second Street in Calvert) from 2 to 7 p.m. The center is adjacent to the AM/NS steel plant. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On every Thursday, MCHD will offer Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) at the Occupational Health Center. This facility is located near the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley (2050 Michigan Avenue in Mobile). The vaccine clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, June 18, MCHD will conduct a Johnson & Johnson vaccine event at The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama (1009 Dauphin Street in Mobile) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This one-dose vaccine has been approved for those 18 and older.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Those coming for their second-dose booster shot should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

The public can now get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older), the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older) or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Newburn Health Center. The site is located at 248 Cox Street in Midtown Mobile, across from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The facility is at the intersection of Saint Stephens Road. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

Along with offering vaccine, the Newburn staff is also providing walk-in rapid testing weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Testing is free to all ages. Results are provided within 15 to 30 minutes while you wait. No appointments are necessary.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering first-dose and second-dose Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

MCHD also offers COVID-19 vaccine to homebound residents, their family members and/or their caregivers. Interested individuals can sign up for this service on the www.MCHDcares.com website. On the top line is a tab titled “Request In-Home Vaccination.” Once the form is completed, it will be sent to our COVID-19 Response Team for scheduling.

To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

 

MCHD Cannon Team salutes USS Mobile

June 10, 2021

MCHD Cannon Team salutes USS Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — The City of Mobile wished “fair winds and following seas” to the USS Mobile (LCS 26) today as the ship departed for its homeport of San Diego, Calif. The Mobile County Health Department’s Cannon Team was present to render honors as the Independence-class littoral combat ship left its berth at Austal USA shipbuilding.

On February 21, 2020, the Cannon Team fired a volley to welcome the USS McFaul (DDG 74) as it arrived for Mardi Gras. City officials asked that MCHD return once again to Cooper Riverside Park to salute the U.S. Navy crew.

Despite a heavy downpour just as the ship was leaving, the MCHD Cannon Team managed to send the sailors off with a bang. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson did the honors of firing the cannon.

In 2016, an initiative called “MCHD Declares War on Physical Inactivity” began. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, points out Alabama has one of the highest percentages of obesity in America. By using the cannon as a starting gun at races such as the Azalea Trail Run and Mobile Marathon, it encourages local residents to go outside and enjoy our beautiful surroundings while exercising.

The Lyle Line-Throwing Cannon, which has a 2.5-inch-diameter barrel, was manufactured in the early 1900s by Coston. It is not a replica, reproduction, or toy. The cannon was designed to fire a projectile attached to a rope to a “man overboard” victim.

A team of MCHD employees has been trained to safely use the device. Present today were Tommy Busby, James Currie, Jerry Folse, Edward Franklin, Veronica Mercadel, Alden Pendleton, Adrian Perdue, Adam Raymond, John Richardson, and Derrick Scott.

Any other groups interested in having the MCHD Cannon Team attend their event should contact the Office of Communications by calling 251-690-8823 or via email at mbryant@mchd.org.

MCHD now offers Johnson & Johnson vaccine at Newburn Health Center

June 8, 2021

MOBILE, Ala. — In an effort to better serve our community, the Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team is expanding its services at the Newburn Health Center.

Starting this week, the staff is offering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This one-dose vaccine is available to those 18 and older.

The public can now get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older) or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

The Newburn Health Center is located at 248 Cox Street in Midtown Mobile, across from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital. The facility is at the intersection of Saint Stephens Road.

Along with offering vaccine, the Newburn staff is also providing walk-in rapid testing weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Testing is free to all ages. Results are provided within 15 to 30 minutes while you wait. No appointments are necessary.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED CLINICS COMING UP

On every Thursday, MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at Occupational Health Center (2050 Michigan Avenue in Mobile) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is near the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which has been approved for those 12 and older.

On Thursday, June 15, MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at Vigor High School (913 North Wilson Avenue in Prichard) from 1 to 5 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which has been approved for those 12 and older.

On Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, , MCHD will conduct a vaccine event at the Erich Heine Learning Center (4 Second Street in Calvert) from 2 to 7 p.m. The center is adjacent to the AM/NS steel plant. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, which has been approved for those 12 and older.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Those coming for their second-dose booster shot should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering first-dose and second-dose Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

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To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243).

 

Rabies clinics planned in June for dogs, cats, and ferrets

June 2, 2021

Rabies clinics planned in June for dogs, cats, and ferrets

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department provides low-cost rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets that are good for one year during weekend clinics. Here is a list of the rabies clinics planned during June in Mobile County:

  • June 5 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
  • June 11 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
  • June 12 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
  • June 19 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway near Fowl River

In order to adhere to social distancing recommendations, these events will be drive-through clinics. The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12. All rabies shots are payable in cash.

Each month, MCHD’s Rabies Officer provides residents with low-cost vaccines for their pet dogs, cats, and ferrets at a variety of locations. The state of Alabama tasks local health departments with providing affordable rabies vaccinations to pet owners. MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 197 household pets during rabies clinics in May.

Rabies is a virus that attacks the central nervous system. It is transmitted from infected mammals to humans and is fatal once symptoms appear. Symptoms of rabies include unusual behavior, irritability, headache, fever, inability to eat or drink, balance problems, circling, seizures, coma, and, finally, death. All warm-blooded mammals, including humans, are susceptible to rabies.

In 2020, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,599 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org, find “Services,” find “Disease Control” and select “Rabies Control.”

A Rabies Quarantine Fact Sheet is available through the Alabama Department of Public Health at http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.

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