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

November 1, 2022

Rabies clinics planned in November 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 November in Mobile County:

• November 5 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• November 12 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• November 18 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile
• November 19 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile

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 has provided 1,338 vaccinations (1,113 dogs and 225 cats) during 2022.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

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

September 28, 2022

Rabies clinics planned in October 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 October in Mobile County:

• October 1 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• October 7 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howells Ferry Road in Mobile
• October 8 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• October 15 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., St. Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 Highway 90 West
• October 22 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws Grooming, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore
• October 29 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Kuddles-N-Kisses Connection, 11120 Meadow Lark Road in Grand Bay

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 has provided 1,163 vaccinations (963 dogs and 200 cats) during 2022.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

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

August 25, 2022

Rabies clinics planned in September 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 September in Mobile County:

• September 3 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
• September 9 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• September 10 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• September 17 (Saturday), 8 a.m. to noon, Eddie Smith’s Country Store, 14045 Celeste Road in Turnerville
• September 24 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., B&B Pet Supplies, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile

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 has provided 958 vaccinations (789 dogs and 169 cats) during 2022.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

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

August 2, 2022

Rabies clinics planned in August 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 August in Mobile County:

• August 6 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
• August 13 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• August 19 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• August 20 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pampered Pets, 3018 Airport Boulevard in Mobile

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 has provided 914 vaccinations (755 dogs and 159 cats) during 2022.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

National Health Center Week to be celebrated August 7-13

August 1, 2022

National Health Center Week to be celebrated August 7-13

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and Family Health (FH), its primary care division, are observing National Health Center Week (NHCW) with special activities both in person and virtually. The weeklong campaign is set for August 7 to 13. The purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades.

Health centers provide preventive and primary care services to almost 30 million people — including 400,000 veterans — in more than 14,500 communities across America. Health Centers provide care to people who disproportionately suffer from chronic disease and lack access to affordable, quality care.

While COVID-19 continues to exacerbate social and medical inequities across the country, Community Health Centers like Family Health have stretched themselves to reconfigure services for those in need.

During NHCW, we will come together to celebrate the roles Community Health Centers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Centers like Family Health have been responsible for administering more than 13 million COVID-19 vaccinations and testing more than 12 million for COVID-19 infections.

The theme for this year’s NHCW is “The Chemistry for Strong Communities.” MCHD/FH has planned special events during NHCW to coordinate with the nation-wide “focus days” that showcase the innovative ways MCHD/FH provides high-quality health care and improving health outcomes.

• On Sunday, August 7, Public Health in Housing Day – MCHD/FH will initiate a social media campaign highlighting accessibility. Additionally, the new Mobile Medical Unit will visit Renaissance and Orange Grove Housing Complex (350 Beauregard Street in Mobile) to offer free blood pressure screenings and distribute educational materials.
• On Monday, August 8, Healthcare for the Homeless Day – MCHD/FH will initiate a social media campaign highlighting COVID-19 testing locations throughout the community. The MCHD/FH Mobile Medical Unit will be out in the community distributing COVID-19 testing supplies.
• On Tuesday, August 9, Agricultural Worker Health Day – MCHD/FH will highlight the Semmes Health Center and its importance within the community servicing agricultural and migrant workers.
• On Wednesday, August 10, Patient Appreciation Day – MCHD/FH will post, via Facebook, patient education information, as well as distribute a token of appreciation in observance of this year’s theme to each patient on this day at each Family Health location.
• On Thursday, August 11, Stakeholder Appreciation Day – MCHD/FH staff will be sending “thank you” notes and a special memento of appreciation to its Governing Council members, who oversee FH operations.
• On Friday, August 12, Health Center Staff Appreciation Day – All MCHD/FH employees will receive a token of appreciation in honor of their hard work and dedication.
• On Saturday, August 13, Children’s Health Day – MCHD/FH will host a back-to-school bash at its Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile). We hope to raise awareness of the importance of children receiving the CDC recommended childhood vaccinations.

Community Health Centers, such as Family Health, continue to prove an effective means of overcoming barriers to healthcare access, including geography, income, and insurance status – improving healthcare outcomes and reducing healthcare system costs.

HIV support groups meetings planned

June 9, 2022

HIV support groups meetings planned

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department and Lifelines Counseling Services will soon begin an all-gender support group that will address real world experiences faced by people living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).

The support group will gather on the second Thursday of each month at Lifelines Counseling Services located at 4904 Oak Circle Drive North in Mobile. The sessions will last from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. They begin on June 16.

“A support group of any kind is beneficial to individuals seeking to make solid connections with people who genuinely want to help,” said Michelle Bernard, Clinic Administrator for MCHD’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. “The Mobile County Health Department and Lifelines Counseling Services have joined forces to provide a safe and confidential environment for people living with HIV to discuss topics that matter to them and impact their lives on a daily basis.”

Bernard said group participants will have the opportunity to share, listen, and learn.

“By the end of the first session, each participant will hopefully leave knowing he or she is not alone and invite a friend to the next session,” Bernard said. “If you or someone you care about is living with HIV, make plans to attend the first session and you will not be disappointed.”

For more information, please contact Ashley Rocker at 251-431-5100.

HIV SUPPORT GROUP 06.16.22

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

June 1, 2022

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 4 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
• June 10 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• June 11 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• June 18 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws Grooming, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore

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 has provided 732 vaccinations (602 dogs and 130 cats) during 2022.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

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

May 2, 2022

Rabies clinics planned in May 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 May in Mobile County:

• May 7 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• May 13 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• May 14 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• May 21 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., St. Elmo Feed & Seed Store, 9001 Highway 90 West
• May 28 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile

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 has provided 502 vaccinations from January through April.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

National Public Health Week set for April 4-10

April 1, 2022

National Public Health Week set for April 4-10

MOBILE, Alabama — Since the first full week of April was declared National Public Health Week (NPHW) in 1995, communities have observed the time as an opportunity to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public’s health.

At the Mobile County Health Department, NPHW will be observed this year from April 4-10. The theme in 2022 is “Public Health is Where You Are.” MCHD and Family Health — its primary care division — will celebrate these daily themes:

Monday, April 4 is “Racism: A Public Health Crisis”: Racist inequities in health care, income, housing, education have widened during the COVID-19 pandemic, harming health and well-being.

Tuesday, April 5 is “Public Health Workforce: Essential to our Future”: The public health workforce is essential to our future.

Wednesday, April 6 is “Community: Collaboration and Resilience”: We must work together to improve housing, education, food, transportation, and the environment to support equity, resilience and the health of our communities and the people who live, work, play and learn there.

Thursday, April 7 is “World Health Day: Health is a Human Right”: Celebrate World Health Day this National Public Health Week by supporting continued funding for U.S. global health efforts.

Friday, April 8 is “Accessibility: Closing the Health Equity Gap”: We can close the health equity gap by reducing health disparities in health insurance, increasing physical accessibility to care, improving availability of appropriate care, and building more inclusive public health programs and communities.

Saturday, April 9 is “Climate Change: Taking Action for Equity”: While climate change hurts everyone, people of color and those with lower incomes experience greater health harms.

Sunday, April 10 is “Mental Wellness: Redefining the Meaning of Health”: Each year, one in five Americans will experience mental illness.

In 2021, MCHD established a Health Equity Office to address health disparities in Mobile County. Members of the team will appear in videos throughout NPHW to discuss the daily themes, as well as be the guests on the next Wellness Wednesday episode slated for April 6 on MCHD’s social media channels.

Public health saves money, improves our quality of life, helps children thrive and reduces human suffering. To learn more about the celebration, visit www.nphw.org.

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

April 1, 2022

Rabies clinics planned in April 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 April in Mobile County:

• April 2 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Little Flower Catholic School, 2103 Government Street in Mobile
• April 8 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• April 9 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• April 16 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., Kuddles-N-Kisses Connection, 11120 Meadow Lark Road in Grand Bay
• April 23 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., Pampered Pets, 3018 Airport Boulevard in Mobile

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.

In addition to these MCHD events, Town & Country Animal Hospital will host two rabies drive-through clinics. The first will be April 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Semmes Middle School (4566 Ed George Road). The second will be April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rose Lott Middle School (17740 Celeste Road in Citronelle). The cost of the rabies vaccine per pet is $12, with $1 being donated to the hosting school.

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.

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 2021, MCHD’s Rabies Officer vaccinated 1,620 household pets. To learn more about our program, visit https://mchd.org/disease-control/#rabies.

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

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