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Dr. Scott Harris appointed state health officer

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:12pm
The State Committee of Public Health has appointed Dr. Scott Harris as Alabama’s twelfth state health officer, effective February 21.

ADPH to hold meeting and conduct tuberculosis testing at Walter Wellborn Elementary and High Schools

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:43am
On February 13, Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) officials notified Walter Wellborn Elementary and High Schools of plans to investigate a case of pulmonary tuberculosis identified in a Wellborn student.

‘Through With Chew Week’ highlights dangers of spit tobacco use

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 9:20am
“Spit” tobacco is just as addictive as cigarettes and has many harmful side effects. For these reasons, the Alabama Department of Public Health encourages smokeless tobacco users to quit the “spit” during “Through With Chew Week,” February 18-24.

Shellfish growing areas closed

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 4:57pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has closed shellfish growing waters in Baldwin and Mobile counties. Areas I, II, III, IV, V and VI are closed. This includes Cedar Point, Portersville Bay, Heron Bay and Dauphin Island Bay.

ADPH announces HPV video contest winners

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:04pm
In an effort to increase awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV) cancer-prevention vaccine, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) conducted a video contest open to teenagers residing in Alabama, ages 15-19.

Attorney General Steve Marshall, Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear and Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announce issuance of Opioid Council report

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:15pm
Co-chairs of the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, Attorney General Steve Marshall, Commissioner Lynn Beshear of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, today announced the issuance of the Council’s formal report of its findings.

ADPH to hold special flu shot clinics

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 3:37pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health will be providing flu shot clinics at designated county health departments throughout Alabama.

Follow safety precautions during cold weather emergencies

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:38am
The Alabama Department of Public Health urges residents to take extra precautions during times of extremely cold weather.

Avoid getting and spreading the flu to others; telephone your health care provider unless symptoms are severe

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 4:46pm
Alabama is experiencing widespread influenza (flu) activity, and hospitals are at or over normal patient capacity due in large part to the number of patients presenting with seasonal influenza-like symptoms.

Scale Back Alabama kicks off its 12th year

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:00pm
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to commit or RE-commit to a healthier lifestyle. When you set a goal to lose weight and get healthier, you’re a winner. Teams can channel their inner champion and pre-register now for Scale Back Alabama, the state’s largest weight loss and physical activity competition.

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

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 11:22am
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 nonsmokers.

ADPH investigates mumps outbreak in Russell County

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 11:53am
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division is working, in collaboration with Central High School in Phenix City, to investigate two laboratory confirmed cases of mumps at the high school in Russell County.

ADPH alerts Alabamians of increased flu activity

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 8:42am
Influenza (flu) activity levels are increasing across the state of Alabama. The flu is a very contagious respiratory illness. Some of the symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.

There is no downside to quitting tobacco

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 9:58am
There is no downside to quitting tobacco, and the benefits are priceless. Consider giving yourself the gift of becoming tobacco-free this holiday season.

Alabama experiences significant flu activity this season

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 1:59pm
Influenza activity levels are increasing across the State of Alabama. Several positive influenza (flu) specimens in north Alabama have been reported in the previous three weeks.

'Share Your Smile with Alabama’ photo campaign open to third graders statewide

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:21pm
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 the first annual smile photo contest open to third grade students residing in Alabama.

Alabama public water systems receive water fluoridation quality awards

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 9:57am
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announces that 78 Alabama public water systems recently received water fluoridation quality awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 2016.

Dr. John Waits of Centreville is 2017 National Rural Health Day ‘Community Star’

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 4:34pm
Dr. John Waits, chief executive officer and faculty physician of Cahaba Medical Care (CMC) in Centreville, is featured in the 2017 edition of the National Rural Health Day Community Stars.

ADPH encourages HPV vaccination, teen video contest announced

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 3:20pm
The Alabama Department of Public Health, Immunization Division, wants to increase awareness about a cancer-prevention vaccine, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Public Health investigates teen diagnosed with Neisseria meningitidis in Jackson County

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 9:09am
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Immunization Division is investigating a case of Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcal disease, at Scottsboro Junior High School in Jackson County.

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