Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Women Regret not Getting the Vaccine

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Two women from Georgia and Alabama who contracted COVID-19 during their pregnancies are urging other pregnant women to get vaccinated. Kyndal Nipper lost her baby in the final weeks of pregnancy after a seemingly mild case of COVID-19. Amanda Harrison had to be put on a ventilator and her baby was delivered two months early….

Doctor: Alabama’s Lagging Vaccination Rates a Concern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An infectious disease expert says the low vaccination rate in Alabama is concerning and he is watching to see how many cases rise after the Memorial Day holiday. According to numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Alabama has the second-lowest percentage of people vaccinated, ranking only above Mississippi. Dr. Mike Saag is a…

U.S. Calls for Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine After Clotting Case

 (Johnson & Johnson via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in the administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating clots in six women in…

US life expectancy drops a year in pandemic, most since WWII

 (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) A new report finds that life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths. Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black people losing nearly three years and Hispanics, nearly two years. The estimates were re-leased Thursday by the Centers…

Poll Shows 68% of Americans Trust CDC on the Coronavirus Crisis

Americans are grappling with an essential question as they try to get the information they need to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis: Whom do you trust? Sixty-eight percent of Americans say they have high trust in the information provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sixty-six percent highly trust their doctor or health care provider, and 52%…

Officials: Flu Now Widespread Across Most of Alabama

Officials say the flu is widespread across Alabama except for its southeastern Wiregrass Region. News outlets cite state Public Health Department maps in Wednesday reports as showing that flu activity levels are slightly higher than usual during this time. Flu season doesn’t peak until January, but the department’s weekly flu report shows last week’s activity was reported to the Centers…

CDC: Alabama and other Southern States lax on smoking laws

CDC Recommends $50-Million+ in stop smoking spending.

A new report from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC) finds there are fewer second-hand smoke laws and regulations in the Southern States, including Alabama, than in the rest of the nation. And the report totals the cost of that 2nd hand smoke. For Alabama that cost is about a Billion Dollars. Another finding: The CDC recommends Alabama…

Flour Recalled by General Mills Largely From Missouri Plant

Source: General Mills General Mills says the 10 million pounds of its flour recalled over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak in 20 states largely was produced at the company’s Kansas City, Missouri, plant. But company spokesman Mike Siemienas says the E. coli strain hasn’t been found in any General Mills flour products or at the Missouri site….