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

Effingham County Health Department

Welcome to the Effingham 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 Effingham 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.


Effingham County Health Clinics and Offices

Hours of Operation*
Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
(Please call in advance to get times when specific services are offered).

*The Effingham County Health Department is closed on the last day of every month for staff training.

Health Department
802 Hwy. 119 South
P.O. Box 350
Springfield, GA 31329
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Phone: (912) 754-6484
Fax: (912) 754-7623

Environmental Health Office
802 Hwy. 119 South
Springfield, GA 31329
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Phone: (912) 754-6850
Fax: (912) 754-0078
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Effingham County Board of Health Meetings

Effingham County Board of Health meetings are held at 12 p.m. in the Community Room at the Effingham Hospital located at 459 Hwy. 119 South in Springfield.

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2019:
February 27
May 29
August 28
November 20

Board of Health Minutes
Effingham BOH Minutes 11.28.18


The Effingham County Health Department now has flu vaccine available. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone over six months of age, including pregnant women.

It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body with protection against the flu. While getting the flu vaccine is the best way to prevent the flu, there are other things we can all do every day to prevent getting or spreading the flu:

For more information or to download the vaccine consent form ahead of time, go to www.gachd.org/effinghamflu.


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:
Effingham County Hurricane Registry Application (Word doc)
Effingham County Hurricane Registry Application (PDF)
Protected Health Information Authorization Form

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 fax them to:
Effingham Co. Health Dept.
Attn: Cindy Grovenstein, R.N.
P.O. Box 350
Springfield, GA 31329

FAX: 912-754-7623

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.

(Registry application updated 2018)