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McIntosh County Health Department

Welcome to the McIntosh County Health Department where we are dedicated to helping improve the health of all of the citizens in our county. Centrally located in Townsend, our health department provides preventive health services such as adult and childhood immunizations, health checks for children and family planning services. We also provide STD testing and STD treatment including gonorrhea testing, chlamydia testing, syphilis testing and HIV testing. We perform pap smears and provide family planning services that include birth control and pregnancy testing. Our friendly and knowledgeable health department staff strives to provide quality public health services every day. McIntosh County is rich in history and we are proud to be a part of this growing community.

McIntosh County Board of Health Meetings
McIntosh County Board of Health meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the McIntosh County Health Dept. located at 1335 Hwy. 57 in Townsend.

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2015:
February 25
May 27
August 26
November (TBD)

McIntosh County Health Clinic and Environmental Health Office

1335 GA Highway 57
Townsend, GA 31331
Phone: (912) 832-5473
Fax: (912) 832-5509

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.



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McIntosh County Health Department News

Literacy Program Kicks Off
The McIntosh County Health Department is putting a $4,500 grant from the Coastal Georgia Foundation to promote literacy to good use. The grant is aimed at educating parents about the importance of reading to young children and giving books to children to inspire them to take an active interest in reading.The funding is being used to create a reading-friendly space - including a reading rug, children's chair and bookcase - inside the health department and to provide an age-appropriate book every for child who comes to the health department for services.

Robert Rayhon reads to his granddaughter, Sariah Young, at the
McIntosh County Health Department.

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The new reading area at the McIntosh County Health Department is child-friendly.

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The grant has allowed the health department to buy close to 1,000 books
for distribution.

County Representatives Get Vaccinated


Mandy Vaughn, Administrative from the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office, gets her free Tdap vaccine from McIntosh County nurse, Brooke Deverger, as Sheriff Department nurse, Efrain Gulman-Rosariom provides moral support. More than 25 county representatives including police, EMS, firefighters, deputies, public works, and administrative staff came out to get vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

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Two Flu-Related Deaths Confirmed in Coastal Health District

December 8, 2014 - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the flu-related deaths of two elderly females in the Coastal Health District - one from Chatham County and one from Effingham County. These are the first confirmed flu-related deaths in the Coastal Health District. There have been a total of five flu-related deaths in Georgia to date. The Coastal Health District is made up of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.

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Tobacco Use Among Youth In Georgia Declines Significantly; Help to Quit Smoking Available Statewide

November 19, 2014 - New information from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) shows fewer young people are using tobacco in the state. In fact, the rates are falling steadily and significantly.

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Coastal Health District Ebola Update, October 28

The following statement is from Diane Z. Weems, M.D. District Health Director, Coastal Health District Today, public health was contacted regarding an individual complaining of flu-like symptoms who had recently returned from Nigeria. In an overabundance of caution, the individual was transported to a local hospital. After further investigation of the individual's travel history, it was determined that this person does not meet the criteria for being at risk from Ebola based on the travel dates to that country. The World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free on October 20.* *According to WHO recommendations, the end of an Ebola virus disease outbreak in a country can be declared once 42 days have passed and no new cases have been detected. The 42 days represents twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola (21 days). This 42-day period starts from the last day that any person in the country had contact with a confirmed or probable Ebola case. For credible information on Ebola:

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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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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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Sale of Electronic Cigarettes Illegal to Minors in Georgia

July 2, 2014 - As of July 1, 2014, it is against the law in Georgia to sell or distribute any electronic cigarette to a person who is under the age of 18 years old. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging caution about the use and exposure of children to electronic nicotine delivery systems, including electronic cigarettes and other emissions producing products.

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Coastal Health District Offers Tips on Summertime Safety

June 23, 2014 - Spending time outdoors is just one of the great things about summer. Coastal Health District officials want coastal Georgia residents to make the most of that time and prevent illness and injury that some summer-related activities can bring.

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Parents Urged to be Proactive with Back-to-School Immunizations; Walk-in Clinic Scheduled for August 5 at Health Department

June 17, 2014 - Students will be going back to school in less than two months and health department officials in McIntosh County are encouraging parents to be proactive about getting required immunizations for children. The health department will hold a walk-in immunization clinic (no appointment necessary) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5. A complete summary of Georgia immunization requirements can be found by going to and clicking on the Immunizations and Vaccinations link under the Quick Links menu on the home page.

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Free HIV Testing Event Scheduled for June 27

June 6, 2014 - The Coastal Health District HIV program will hold a free HIV testing event to support National HIV Testing Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at Oglethorpe Mall (outside of Belk) in Savannah. Educational information, music and other entertainment will also be on hand. All testing will be done without needles and results will come back quickly and remain confidential.

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