The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

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A Healthy 2019

The holidays always bring a flurry of activity including gatherings filled with holiday treats that most of us find hard to resist. As we move in to 2019, we often resolve to live healthier lifestyles. The World Health Organization has Five Tips for a Healthy Diet This New Year that will get you on your way in the food department. But don’t forget about regular exercise. The American Heart Association has some great tips for Long-term Exercise Success.

Don’t put it off any longer. Make a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle this new year!

 

 

 

 

Cervical Cancer Awareness

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Coastal Health District wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 11,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common infection that spreads through sexual activity, and it causes almost all cases of cervical cancer. About 79 million Americans currently have HPV, but many people with HPV don’t know they are infected.

The good news?

  • The HPV vaccine (shot) can prevent HPV.
  • Cervical cancer can often be prevented with regular screening tests and follow-up care.

In honor of National Cervical Health Awareness Month, health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties encourage:

  • Women to start getting regular cervical cancer screenings at age 21
  • Parents to make sure pre-teens get the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12

Teens and young adults also need to get the HPV vaccine if they didn’t get it as pre-teens. Women up to age 26 and men up to age 21 can still get the vaccine.

For more information, check out gachd.org/hpv.

Here are some more great resources:

How to Talk to Your Pre-Teen about HPV Vaccine

HPV Vaccine Information

HPV Safety Fact Sheet for Parents

HPV & Cancer

 

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: Vaccinate Against Flu

Last year Georgia experienced one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. Don’t fall victim to the flu this year, vaccinate before it’s too late. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is Dec. 2-8, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) encourages all Georgians 6 months of age and older to get a yearly flu vaccine. The flu shot takes two weeks to provide protection, so take this time and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local public health department to get your flu vaccine.

“It’s important that Georgians understand the best way to protect against influenza is to receive an annual flu vaccine,” said Sheila Lovett, Immunization director for the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Because Georgia saw one of the highest spikes in influenza cases last year, it’s more important than ever to get yourself and your family vaccinated.”

What is new this flu season?
• Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses
• Any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccine is recommended
• The nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) is a vaccine option. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you
Influenza can be a serious disease that leads to hospitalization and sometimes death. Regardless of race, age, gender or ethnicity, anyone can get sick from the flu. Those especially at risk are adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other long-term medical conditions.

A flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu. With flu season beginning as early as August and sometimes lasting until May, it is never too late to vaccinate. The vaccine is available as an injection or a nasal spray. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has approved the use of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, as an option during the 2018-2019 flu season.

National Influenza Vaccination Week emphasizes the importance of receiving an annual flu vaccination. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu. This winter, the Georgia Department of Public Health encourages all Georgians to take a few minutes to call your doctor’s office, pharmacy or health department and make an appointment to get vaccinated.

For more information on immunization, visit: http://dph.georgia.gov/influenza-what-you-need-know.

Long County Health Department

Welcome to the Long County Health Department where we our public health team is dedicated to improving the health of those who live, work, and play in our county by preventing disease and illness, promoting health and well being, and preparing for and responding to disasters.

The Long County Health Department offers services including:

If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at the numbers listed below.


Long County Health Clinics and Offices

Please note new health department hours of operation beginning July 1, 2018
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12 – 1 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed 12 – 1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health Department
584 N. Macon Street
PO Box 279
Ludowici, GA 31316
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Phone: (912) 545-2107
Fax: (912) 545-2112

Environmental Health Office
584 N. Macon Street
PO Box 279
Ludowici, GA 31316
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Phone: (912) 545-2107
Fax: (912) 545-2112
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: Field-related services
Monday-Thursday: Fee payment, applications, administrative services
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Long County Board of Health Meetings
Long County Board of Health meetings are held at 11 a.m. at the Long County Health Dept. located at 584 North Macon Street in Ludowici.

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2019:
March 14
June 13
September 12
December 12



 

Flu Shots Available

Flu season is unpredictable which is why it is recommended that everyone six months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year. Last year’s flu season was very severe and lasted well into the spring months. The health department will offer flu vaccine beginning September 24. Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu. For more information on the vaccine or to download the vaccine consent form to save time before heading to the health department for your flu shot, check out the Long County Health Department Flu Vaccination Information page.

 


 

Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 but the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is open all year long. The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.

It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.

To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and follow the phone prompts.

The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:
Long County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (Word doc)
Long County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (PDF)
Protected Health Information Authorization

When both the Hurricane Registry Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them to your health department or mail them to:
Long County Health Dept.
Attn: Lisa Palmer, R.N.
P.O. Box 279
Ludowici, GA 31316

FAX: 912-545-2112

Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.

Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland.

Anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan. The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.

 

 

 

McIntosh County Health Department

Welcome to the McIntosh County Health Department where we our public health team is dedicated to improving the health of those who live, work, and play in our county by preventing disease and illness, promoting health and well being, and preparing for and responding to disasters.

The McIntosh County Health Department offers services including:

If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at the numbers listed below.


McIntosh County Health Clinics and Offices

Please note new health department and environmental health office hours of operation beginning July 1, 2018
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  (closed 12 – 1 p.m.)
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed 12 -1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health Department and Environmental Health Office
1335 GA Highway 57
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
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Phone: (912) 832-5473
Fax: (912) 832-5509


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 2019:
February 27
May 29
August 28
November 27



 

Flu season is unpredictable which is why it is recommended that everyone six months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year. Last year’s flu season was very severe and lasted well into the spring months. Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu. For more information on the vaccine or to download the vaccine consent form to save time before heading to the health department for your flu shot, check out the McIntosh County Health Department Flu Vaccination Information page.


Hurricane season is June 1 through November 30 but the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is open all year long. The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.

It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.

To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and follow the phone prompts.

The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:
McIntosh County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (Word doc)
McIntosh County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (PDF)
Protected Health Information Authorization

When both the Hurricane Registry Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them to your health department, mail, or them to:
McIntosh Co. Health Dept.
Attn: Brooke Deverger, R.N.
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331

FAX: 912-832-5509

Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.

Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland.

Anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan. The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.