Religious Exemptions for school vaccinations moving to Festival Centre

May 12, 2022

Religious Exemptions for school vaccinations moving to Festival Centre

MOBILE, Ala. — Alabama’s School Immunization Law Section 16-30-4 states each student enrolled in daycare, Head Start, and public or private schools has a valid Certificate of Immunization (COI) — previously known as “blue cards” — or a Certificate of Religious Exemption on file at the facility they attend.

State of Alabama School Rules Chapter 420-6-1 (1) states the COI will be on a form approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), which is the one printed from ImmPRINT (Immunization Patient Resources with Integrated Technology). All required vaccines must be recorded before the COI can be submitted to the schools.

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and its primary care division — Family Health — are offering immunizations to students at all its health centers conveniently located throughout Mobile County. This allows clients to save time by avoiding the long lines that can occur at the main facility in Downtown Mobile. For a list of all locations or operating times, please visit https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations.

Patients who receive their vaccinations through Family Health will receive the up-to-date COI at no charge.

All non-Family Health patients will be charged an administration fee of $10 per patient to receive an up-to-date COI. If vaccines are not up-to-date, parents or guardians should follow up with their primary care provider or schedule an appointment at one of the Family Health’s clinics by calling 251-690-8889.

Clients not receiving services through Family Health will be charged a one-time administration fee of $30 per patient if requesting Family Health to enter immunizations into ImmPRINT from other states to generate an Alabama COI.

A Certificate of Religious Exemption can only be issued by a county health department. The parent or legal guardian must submit a written objection and receive education on the consequences of not immunizing their child. Parents and guardians interested in requesting a Religious Exemption for their school-age children must do so in person.

Starting on May 16, Religious Exemptions will be offered by the Mobile County Health Department at the Festival Centre (Suite 101-A) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shopping complex is located at the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Montlimar Avenue in West Mobile.

By State School Immunization Law, a Religious Exemption can only be issued to kindergarten through 12th grade and not to the institutions of higher learning or adults. Call 251-690-8923 for additional information.

OD2A team recognized during National Prevention Week

May 11, 2022

OD2A team recognized during National Prevention Week

MOBILE, Ala. — The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Prevention Week runs May 8 through May 14. This observance helps to raise awareness about the importance of positive mental health and substance use prevention.

The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) would like to highlight our Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program along with Peer Recovery Specialists Deirdre Johnson and John Richardson.

The OD2A team collaborates and works closely with programs such as Family Health (the primary care division of MCHD), Project THRIVE (Trauma Healing and Resiliency in the Wake of Violent Events — a program run by the Mobile Police Department’s Office of Strategic Initiatives), and other various partners and programs to provide opioid overdose prevention services to individuals identified as at-risk for substance abuse disorder, substance use disorder, overdose, and near-fatal overdose.

The OD2A team can provide peer recovery support services that include but are not limited to overdose prevention education, facilitating recovery education groups, peer mentoring, linkages to care, and referrals to several social service organizations. Also, the program provides pharmacy bags to local pharmacies highlighting opioid awareness.

This role is an important anchor to prevention and recovery. MCHD appreciates the role of Ms. Johnson and Mr. Richardson for all that they do. If you or someone you know needs assistance navigating through recovery, call the OD2A hotline for services at 251-410-OD2A (6322).

To learn more about the role of peer workers and access recovery-related resources about peer supports and services, visit the SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week website at https://www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week.

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

May 10, 2022

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflow

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has reported on a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that have occurred May 8 at the intersection of Freida Avenue and Winchester Road. The SSO was caused when one of the lift station pump motors malfunctioned.

Prichard officials said the total volume lost was 3,000 gallons. The ultimate destination was Eight Mile Creek. Signage was placed to notify the public of the danger. The area was cleaned and disinfected after the overflow was stopped.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Eight Mile Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

May 10, 2022

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) on May 9 at 572 Williams Street.

Approximately 180 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Eslava Creek as a result of a break and grease blockage on the sewer mainline. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage, stopped the SSO, and are taking steps to repair the mainline to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Eslava Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

May 9, 2022

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on May 9 at 3051 Government Boulevard.

Approximately 135 gallons of wastewater overflowed into Eslava Creek because of a heavy grease blockage in a sewer main line. MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage and steps are being taken to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Kevin P. Michaels, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Eslava Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

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