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Don't Fall for the Flu

Fall is in the air and soon, the flu virus will be, too. Flu seasons are unpredictable but can begin as early as October and go as late as May. And while it takes two weeks after getting vaccinated for the flu vaccine to take effect, the vaccine offers protection throughout flu season. Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties have flu vaccine available and public health officials are encouraging residents not to wait until flu season is in full swing to get vaccinated.

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COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
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Bryan County Health Department

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The Bryan County Health Department serves the residents of Bryan County with clinics in Pembroke and Richmond Hill.

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Camden County Health Department

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The Camden County Health Department serves the residents of Camden County with clinics in St. Marys and Woodbine.

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Chatham County Health Department

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The Chatham County Health Department serves the residents of Savannah and Chatham County with two clinics and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Coastal Health District

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The Coastal Health District serves Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties in the state of Georgia.

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Effingham County Health Department

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The Effingham County Health Department serves the residents of Effingham County with a clinic in Springfield.

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Glynn County Health Department

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The Glynn County Health Department serves the residents of Glynn County with a clinic and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Liberty County Health Department

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The Liberty County Health Department serves the residents of Liberty County with three clinics and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Long County Health Department

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The Long County Health Department serves the residents of Long County with a clinic in Ludowici.

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McIntosh County Health Department

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The McIntosh County Health Department serves residents of McIntosh County with a clinic in Townsend.

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LOCAL HEALTH NEWS

Glynn Health Department to Host HPV Educational Event Oct. 28

October 22, 2014 - If there were a vaccine against cancer for kids, wouldn't you get it? Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is cancer prevention. That's the message the Glynn County Health Department hopes to get across to parents and pre-teens at an HPV informational event scheduled to be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, at the Brunswick Housing Authority located at 1126 Albany Street. The event is free and open to the public and will include information on HPV and the HPV vaccine, light refreshments, and door prizes.

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Coastal Georgia Health Departments Now Offering Flu Vaccine

October 7, 2014 - Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties now have flu vaccine available. Cost for both the injectable (shot) and nasal spray form is $28. A high dose flu vaccine is also being offered for people ages 65 and older, and it is designed to provide the best protection for that age group. The high dose vaccine will be $45 per dose. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered under both Medicare and Medicaid.

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Drive-through Flu Vaccination Clinic Scheduled for October 9 at McIntosh County Health Department

September 25, 2014 - The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a drive-through vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4p.m. on Thursday, October 9, at the health department located on Highway 57 in Townsend. No appointment is necessary. For anyone who can't get to the drive-through clinic, flu vaccine will be available Monday through Friday at the health department. Cost for both the injectable (shot) and nasal spray form is $28. A high dose flu vaccine is also being offered for people ages 65 and older, and it is designed to provide the best protection for that age group. The high dose vaccine will be $45 per dose. Cost of the flu vaccine is covered under both Medicare and Medicaid.

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Liberty County Health Department Employee Honored at State Conference

September 25, 2014 - Liberty County Health Department employee and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clerk, Jonell Bacon-Seward, was recently named the 2014 WIC Customer Service Award Winner for the Coastal Health District. Bacon-Seward was recognized at the Georgia WIC Customer Service Conference in Atlanta where more than 400 county, district, state, and federal WIC staff members were in attendance.

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Raccoon in Chatham County Tests Positive for Rabies after Attacking Stray Cat

September 19, 2014 - A raccoon that attacked a stray cat on 59th Street in Savannah has tested positive for rabies. The cat, described as solid white with fluffy fur, got away from the raccoon and has not yet been found. Residents in the area are asked to contact Chatham County Animal Control at 525-2408 and the Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health Division at 356-2160 if they see the cat.

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Glynn County Health Department Officials Encourage Rabies Precautions Following Fox Bite

July 29, 2014 - A Glynn County resident was bitten by a fox that has tested positive for rabies and as a result, Glynn County Health Department environmental health officials are encouraging residents to be aware of unusual behavior in wildlife. The incident took place near the intersection of Old Jesup Road and Community Road. Health officials are asking residents that live in and around that region and the Ballard Park area to pay particular attention to wild animals acting strangely. Anyone that has come into physical contact with a fox in the Old Jesup Road/Community Road/Ballard Park areas is asked to contact the Glynn County Environmental Health Division at 912-279-2940.

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Camden County Public Health Officials Encourage Rabies Precautions

July 23, 2014 - Reports of recent dog bites in the area of W. Dawson Ave and W. Johnson Ave in Kingsland have prompted Camden County Environmental Health officials to remind residents to avoid wild or stray animals and make sure pets are vaccinated against rabies. Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals. Symptoms of rabies in animals include a change in behavior, biting, aggression, showing no fear of natural enemies (such as humans), foaming at the mouth, and paralysis.

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Health District Officials Encourage Continued Precautions against Mosquitoes

July 21, 2014 - Coastal Health District officials want to remind residents to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes which are not only a nuisance but can carry disease such as West Nile Virus (WNV), Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and chikungunya.

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Georgia WIC Program Annual Public Comment Period ( August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014)

July 18, 2014 - The Georgia Department of Public Health's (DPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will hold its annual public comment period from August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. During this period, Georgians are invited to comment on the program's successes and identify opportunities to improve WIC services.

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Raccoon Tests Positive on St. Simons; Public Health Officials Issue Reminder to Avoid Wild or Stray Animals

July 10, 2014 - A raccoon near 6th Street on St. Simons Island (near the St. Simons Elementary School) tested positive for rabies and at least five people were exposed to the raccoon. Those exposed have been advised to contact their healthcare provider. Public health officials are requesting that anyone who has come into contact with a raccoon in that area to call the Environmental Health Division of the Glynn County Health Department at 912-279-2940. It is also possible that a gray and white cat that frequents the 6th Street area near St. Simons Elementary School was exposed to the raccoon. Attempts are being made to locate the cat.

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