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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 2013 and 2014:
November 20, 2013
February 26, 2014
May 28, 2014
August 27, 2014
November 26, 2014

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

Health Dept. Takes Part in 'Back to School Bash'

The McIntosh County Health Department took part in the recent YMCA "Back to School Bash." Nurse Manager, Paige Lightsey, R.N. gave out tomato and cucumber plants - along with information on how to take care of them - in an effort to promote healthy eating habits. Heart healthy recipes for kids, toothbrushes, My Plate nutrition information, and Healthy Habits fun books provided by the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program were also given out

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WIC Clients Get Tasty, Nutritional Treat

McIntosh County Health Department staff recently made smoothies for clients participating in the Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program to demonstrate how they can use fruits as well as 1% milk to create a healthy snack. Learning more about nutritional foods is just one of the advantages of the WIC program.

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McIntosh County Health Department Receives Grant to Promote Literacy in Children

The McIntosh County Health Department has received a $4,500 grant from the Coastal Georgia Foundation to promote literacy by 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 grant funding will be 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.

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McIntosh County Academy Donates Seedlings for
 Health Department Clients

Check out Paige Lightsey, R.N., and Brooke Deverger, R.N., with 900 seedling tomato, squash, & cucumber plants for McIntosh County Health Department clients. The seedlings are courtesy of students and faculty of the Agriculture Department of McIntosh County Academy. Great example of community partners working together to better the public's health!

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                            Terrell Simpson and his mother Melissa Perry receive a seedling from the                                                                            McIntosh County Health Department.

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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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Residents with Functional and Medical Needs Urged to Register with Health Department

May 14, 2014 - The start of hurricane season is just around the corner and those residents who meet certain criteria are encouraged to apply to be on the McIntosh County Functional and Medical Needs Registry. The Registry is made up of residents who may require transport and medical assistance during a hurricane evacuation and have no other resources such as family, friends, neighbors, or church members to help them if they need to evacuate. Residents must apply to be on the registry.

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Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 7 - 13

April 1, 2014 - What is public health? It's helping people quit tobacco. It's inspecting restaurants for potential causes of foodborne illness. It's the prevention and treatment of HIV. It's watching for signs of disease outbreaks. It's making sure that residents who are most vulnerable are evacuated before a hurricane. It's educating mothers-to-be on the importance of breastfeeding. It's protecting children against diseases that can be prevented. It's all of that and much more. Public health touches every life at one time or another. National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 7 - 13, is a time to spread the news about the value of public health.

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Changes to Take Place in Health-Related School Attendance Requirements for the 2014-2015 School Year

March 3, 2014 - The 2014-2015 school year will bring changes for some children attending Georgia schools. Health department officials in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties want to make communities aware of those changes now, before the end of the current school year.

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Babies Can't Wait Public Comment Period

March 3, 2014 - Babies Can't Wait (BCW), Georgia's statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, ages birth to three, and their families, invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Fiscal Policies.

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