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Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The Alabama Department of Public Health is continuing to see WIC participants and issue benefits. We encourage WIC participants to keep your appointments and continue to cash your benefits.

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)

The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring system (PRAMS) is a survey jointly administered by the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health. Its purpose is to find out why some babies are born healthy and others are not. New mothers are randomly chosen to participate in PRAMS and will receive surveys in the mail. They can return the survey in the enclosed postage paid envelope. Mothers may also do the survey over the phone if they prefer. Whether by mail or by phone, each mother who completes the survey will receive her choice of a package of disposable diapers, an insulated cooler, a manicure set, or a onesie for her baby (size 12 months). Mothers who receive a survey are encouraged to complete it. Each woman's experiences are different and can help improve the health of all our moms and babies. All responses are kept confidential to the extent of the law. For more information, go to alabamapublichealth.gov/PRAMS or call (334) 206-2923.

Hepatitis A Outbreak

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating an increase in hepatitis A cases in north Alabama. This outbreak may have spread to surrounding counties. Persons at highest risk for hepatitis A include users of illegal substances, homeless persons, men with same sex partners, and close contacts. Other persons also may become infected with the hepatitis A virus. There is an effective vaccine to reduce the risk of developing hepatitis A.

“We are in the early stages of this investigation, but we need to make sure everyone knows the importance of getting vaccinated and taking health precautions including good hand-washing,” said Medical Officer Dr. Karen Landers. Currently, there are 14 cases under investigation. For more information, see the December 26, 2018 new release.





Page last updated: August 21, 2019