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

August 4, 2021

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 7 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
• August 13 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• August 14 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• August 21 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Glamour Paws Grooming, 10005 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore
• August 28 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, City of Prichard Animal Shelter, 2402 Rebel Road in Prichard

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 vaccinated 919 household pets during rabies clinics in 2021.

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 www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.

MCHD encourages anglers to be careful this weekend during Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

July 13, 2021

MCHD encourages anglers to be careful this weekend during Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) would like to welcome all the anglers and their families who are participating in the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo this weekend. A project of the Mobile Jaycees since 1929, the 88th annual tournament traditionally attracts more than 3,500 anglers to Dauphin Island.

With so many fishing boats out this weekend, it is good to go over some points to make sure everyone is safe during these water activities. Anglers must also be aware of the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports about 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. Drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14 years. In fact, more children ages 1 to 4 years die from drowning than any other cause of death except birth defects.

Here are some safety tips that MCHD encourages everyone to follow this summer:

Life jackets – Statistics show that drowning is the single biggest cause of death in recreational boating accidents, accounting for 76 percent of fatalities. The great majority of these drownings were precipitated by unexpected entry into the water, which means the victim had no time to grab a life jacket before entering the water. The data shows 84.5 percent of drowning victims were NOT wearing life jackets when found.

“Wearing a lifejacket or personal flotation device will save your life,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris J. Miller, Command Center Chief with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “Not only is it paramount to wear a lifejacket, but if you are going to be on the water you should take the time to develop a float plan starting with reviewing the weather forecast, ensuring that all safety equipment on your boat is in proper working order, and socializing your route with a family member or friend so they know when you plan to return.”

Every boat operated on Alabama’s waterways is required to carry one Coast Guard-approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) for each person on board or being towed by the boat. If Type V is used, it must be approved for the activity at hand. More details can be found at www.uscgboating.org/recreational-boaters/life-jacket-wear-wearing-your-life-jacket.php.

All life jackets and PFDs must be in good and serviceable condition, be readily accessible and be of the proper size for the intended wearer. Sizing for life jackets/PFDs is based on body weight and chest size. In Alabama, passengers under 8 years of age are required to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket while onboard any boat (unless they are in an enclosed cabin).

Float plan – Why should you take the time to prepare a float plan? There are just too many facts that need to be accurately remembered and ultimately conveyed in an emergency situation. Without a float plan, you are counting on someone else, a friend, neighbor, or family member to remember detailed information that rescue personnel needs in order to find you. For convenience, the float plan can be left on the dash of the vehicle located at the launch site. A sample document can be found at http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/

Swimmer in distress – You can help someone who is having trouble in the water without getting wet. This is important because you also need to stay safe. Going into the water to help someone who is having trouble could cause you to get in trouble. So remember: “Reach or Throw, Don’t Go” (www.redcross.org/ content/dam/redcross/atg/PDFs/Take_a_Class/Reach_or_throw_dont_ go.pdf). When helping someone in the water it is always best to reach or throw, do not go. Use any object that extends your reach, such as a pole, empty picnic cooler, paddle, ring buoy, or a belt.

COVID-19 – Even for those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, these measures can help keep you as safe as possible during these times:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Remember to cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when you go out in public and are in the presence of someone from another household.

Other issues to remember – Sometimes problems arrive while on a boat, and you are either out of cellphone range or your marine radio is inoperable. If possible, share your situation and location with another boater who can relay the information to family members or emergency personnel.

Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.

Avoiding dehydration is vital to dealing with hot weather. Drink more fluids (especially water), regardless of how active you are. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks, as these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

MCHD offering numerous opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine

July 9, 2021

MCHD offering numerous opportunities to get COVID-19 vaccine

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. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

On Saturday, July 10, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at a Health & Wellness Fair hosted by the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1410 (505 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Mobile) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Sunday, July 11, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the MOB Music Festival (Cathedral Square in Mobile) from 3 to 6 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Monday, July 12, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the Citronelle Recreation Center (8230 State Street) from 9 a.m. to noon. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). This clinic takes place every three weeks.

On Monday, July 12, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the Hillsdale Community Center (558 Felhorn Road East in Mobile) from 2 to 5 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Monday, July 12, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the Robert Hope Community Center (850 Edwards Street in Mobile) from 2 to 5 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Tuesday, July 13, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the MOWA Choctaw Tribal Office (1080 West Red Fox Road in Mount Vernon) from 9 a.m. to noon. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Tuesday, July 13, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the Bayou La Batre Community & Senior Center (12745 Padgett Switch Road in Irvington) from 3 to 6 p.m. This will offer both the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (which has been approved for those 18 and older).

On Wednesday, July 14, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at Bishop State Community College’s Oliver Delchamps Building (351 North Broad Street in Mobile) 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, July 15, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at Wilmer Hall Children’s Home (3811 Old Shell Road in Mobile) from 5 to 7 p.m. This will offer both the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (which has been approved for those 18 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, July 16, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at Dauphin Island Town Hall Building (1011 Bienville Boulevard) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will offer both the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (which has been approved for those 18 and older).

On Friday, July 16, MCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccine at the Boys & Girls Club Kiwanis Branch (712 Rice Street in Mobile) from 4 to 7 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). This clinic takes place every three weeks.

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 both the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile) and the Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile).

Along with offering vaccine, the Keeler and Newburn staffs also provide 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.

Individuals requesting a molecular test (Abbott ID Now) or a PCR test (through LabCorp) for personal preference or for travel must be tested at Family Health location. Appointments for these specific tests may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

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). Information is also available under the Events section of https://www.facebook.com/ILOVEMCHD/

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

July 2, 2021

Rabies clinics planned in July 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 July in Mobile County:

• July 9 (Friday), 10 a.m. to noon, Mobile County Animal Shelter, 7665 Howell’s Ferry Road in Mobile
• July 10 (Saturday), 10 a.m. to noon, Pet Supplies Plus, 803 Hillcrest Road in Mobile
• July 17 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., City of Mobile Animal Shelter, 855 Owens Street in Mobile
• July 24 (Saturday), 1 to 3 p.m., B&B Pet Stop, 5035 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile
• July 31 (Saturday), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Kuddles-N-Kisses, 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 vaccinated 865 household pets during rabies clinics in 2021.

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 www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/assets/RabiesQuarantineFactSheet.pdf.

MCHD and Family Health to mark National HIV Testing Day

June 23, 2021

MCHD and Family Health to mark National HIV Testing Day

MOBILE, Ala. — Testing is the only way to know for sure if someone has Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection.

June 27 is designated as National HIV Testing Day (#HIV Testing Day) to encourage people to learn their HIV status. The 2021 theme — “My Test, My Way” — focuses on how you can take charge of your health by getting tested for HIV in a way that works best for you—whether that’s self-testing in your own space or finding a testing site nearby. REMEMBER: No Matter Who You Are, an HIV Test Is Right for You!

This year, it is especially important to recognize National HIV Testing Day as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for our community. Fighting to end both the COVID pandemic and the HIV Epidemic is of the utmost importance.

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and Family Health (FH), its primary care division, will once again participate. On Monday, June 28, MCHD/FH will offer free oral swab rapid HIV testing and rapid COVID-19 testing at no charge to the patient at the Women’s Health Center site inside the Newburn Building located at 248 Cox Street in Mobile. No appointment is necessary, and testing will be provided from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For a list of Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County, please visit https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations.

MCHD is recognized as a local health agency in partnership with Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS — a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic — for HIV testing. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Walgreens has opted to advertise both oral rapid and take-home HIV testing kits, rather than host an in-person testing event.

Individuals who want to test “at home” can visit http://adph.mybinxhealth.com/ to order free HIV/STD test kits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in six of the estimated 1.2 million people living in the United States with HIV are unaware of their status. Nearly 40 percent of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who do not know they have the virus. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested more often.

In the lead up to National HIV Testing Day, MCHD encourages community members to know their HIV status and take advantage of free HIV testing and counseling about new prevention strategies, including Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a daily pill that reduces the risk of HIV transmission.

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