WVAS Local News

Sep 16, 2013

Four little girls were killed 50 years ago by a dynamite bomb planted at a Birmingham church were remembered Sunday.  Hundreds of people filled the 16th Street Baptist Church were the blast took place.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice were among the special guests attending the commemoration. 

HPV Vaccine

A recently completed survey contained findings disturbing to the Alabama Department of Public Health regarding the HPV vaccine.  The survey, that included polling from Alabama, found that only about 20 percent of young people in the 18 to 24 age group had received the vaccine which immunizes them from the virus that causes cervical cancer.  Director of Cancer Prevention for the department, Dr. Catherine Chapman says that's primary because people in that age group often don't have health insurance or a family doctor.  Dr. Chapman says local health departments are also a goo source for the vaccine.