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Camden County Drive-Through Flu Clinic November 4

 

The Camden County Health Department will hold a drive-through flu vaccination clinic from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, November 4, at Lowes located at  1410 East Boone Avenue in Kingsland. Getting vaccinated against the flu is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body protection against the flu. Flu season is unpredictable so residents are encouraged to get vaccinated now.

For more information or to download the consent form ahead of time, click HERE.

McIntosh Co. Health Dept. Drive-Through Flu Clinic Oct. 17

The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a drive-through flu vaccination clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, October 17, at the McIntosh County Health Department located at 1335 GA Hwy. 57 in Townsend.

The McIntosh County Health Department will hold a drive-through flu vaccination clinic to make it as convenient as possible. Getting vaccinated against the flu is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body protection against the flu. Flu season is unpredictable so residents are encouraged to get vaccinated now.

For more information or to download the consent form ahead of time, click HERE.

Flu Season

Every flu season is different and unpredictable. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that everyone over six months of age get a flu shot every year. It takes about two weeks after getting vaccinated for the immune system to fully respond to the vaccine and provide the body protection. So don’t wait for the flu to find you, make sure you’re protected this flu season.

Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties have flu shots available and no appointment is necessary to get a flu shot in your local health department. People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease and people 65 years of age and older. The flu vaccine might cause some mild side effects such as low grade fever, aches, or redness/swelling where the shot was given but it cannot cause the flu.

 

Download the Coastal Health District’s General Vaccine Consent form, fill it out, and take it with you to the health department to save some time when going to get your flu vaccine:
General Vaccine Consent Form
General Flu Vaccine Consent Form (Spanish)

Review vaccine information here:
Flu Inactive Vaccine Information Statement
Flu Inactive Vaccine Information Statement SPANISH

Everyday Actions to Prevent 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 viruses and other viruses.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

Other Helpful Flu Information
For Schools:
How to clean and disinfect schools to slow the spread of flu

For Parents:
Flu Guide for Parents
La influenza una guía para los padres

More information on the flu can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Flu Vaccine Available at Health Departments

Health departments in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties now have injectable flu vaccine available. Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu.

Getting vaccinated against the flu is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. It takes about two weeks after getting a flu shot for the vaccine to provide the body 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:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you get sick with flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Try to cough or sneeze into the corner of your elbow and not your hand or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

For more information or to download the consent form ahead of time, go to your county health department web page and click on the Flu Vaccination Information link under County Information.

Breast Cancer Awareness

Every October we see more pink ribbons and hear more about the importance of screening for breast cancer.  But we all know that breast cancer awareness isn’t limited to one month. The Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is a year-round program that provides breast and cervical cancer screening for women who have no insurance (or very limited insurance) and meet certain annual income guidelines. We encourage all women who think they may be eligible to contact their local health departments for more information.

Are you at a higher risk for breast cancer? Find out HERE.


Some breast cancer awareness and screening events have been planned throughout the Coastal Health District in October:

Camden County
The Camden County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center’s Mobile Mammography Program to enroll women into BCCP, provide breast screenings, and offer free mammograms from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, October 23, at the Camden Woods Shopping Center located at 1601 Hwy. 40 E. in Kingsland. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.

No appointment necessary. For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, click HERE.


Chatham County
The Chatham County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the St. Joseph’s/Candler Mobile Mammography Program to offer free mammograms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, at the Chatham County Health Department located at 1602 Drayton Street. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.

Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will be accepted. To make an appointment, please call 356-2946.

For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, click HERE.


McIntosh County
The McIntosh County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center’s Mobile Mammography Program to enroll women into BCCP, provide breast screenings, and offer free mammograms from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, at the Bi-Lo in Darien. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.

No appointment necessary.

No appointment necessary. For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, click HERE.

 

One West Nile Virus-Associated Death; Two Additional Human Cases in Chatham County

The Coastal Health District has confirmed one West Nile Virus (WNV)-associated death and two additional human cases of WNV in Chatham County. These are the first confirmed human cases in the county or the Coastal Health District this year; however, WNV activity in mosquito populations has been detected and reported by Chatham County Mosquito Control and public health since July.

Statewide, there have been a total of 31 confirmed human cases and five deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 8 in 10 of people infected with WNV will show no symptoms at all; about 1 in 5 will develop a fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash; and about 1 in 150 will develop a severe illness affecting the central nervous system.

“West Nile Virus is transmitted by infected mosquitoes and once we know the virus is in the mosquito population we know that, unfortunately, there is a threat to people who live in that same population of contracting the virus,” said Lawton Davis, M.D., district health director for the Coastal Health District. “We continue to urge residents to do everything they can to keep from getting bitten by mosquitoes and to reduce mosquito breeding around their homes and neighborhoods.”

Mosquitoes that carry WNV are more likely to bite during the evening, night, and early morning. Wearing EPA-approved insect repellant containing at least 20-30 percent DEET will help keep mosquitoes away and eliminating standing water around the home and yard will help stop them from breeding.

Tip containers such as children’s toys, flowerpots, and planters after every rain or at least once a week and toss out anything that holds water, such as old tires or cans. Also clean out gutters, remove piles of leaves, and keep vegetation cut low to prevent landing sites for adult mosquitoes.

Chatham County Mosquito Control will continue to take steps to reduce the mosquito population and residents should expect to see Mosquito Control’s low flying, yellow helicopters on a regular basis throughout the county.

The 5Ds of mosquito bite prevention can also help prevent mosquito bites and breeding:

  • Dusk/Dawn – Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Dress – Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
  • DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
  • Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water – buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps – because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Doors – Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

For more information on West Nile Virus click HERE or go to www.cdc.gov.

Two Raccoons on Wilmington Island Tests Positive for Rabies

Two raccoons on Wilmington Island have tested positive for rabies. In the first incident, the raccoon came into contact with a dog. The dog is current on vaccinations and received a booster vaccine. In the second incident, a raccoon was hit by a car and an individual trying to render aid was scratched by the raccoon. The Chatham County Environmental Health office has reached out to the resident to recommend consultation with a healthcare professional.

Several species of wild animals that are native to coastal Georgia – including raccoons, foxes, and bats – can carry rabies. Rabies is a potentially deadly virus that is primarily spread by infected animals. The Chatham County Health Department Environmental Health office offers these tips to protect you and your family from rabies:

  • Avoid contact with animals you don’t know.
  • Make sure your pets receive the proper immunizations. Dogs and cats should get rabies vaccines by four months of age, followed by a booster shot one year later, and another one every year as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or by leaving pet food out at night.
  • Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home. Do not try to nurse sick animals to health. Call animal control or a properly licensed animal rescue agency for assistance.
  • Teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly. “Love your own, leave other animals alone” is a good principle for children to learn.

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.

 

Free Mammograms for Women Who Meet Criteria

Camden County
The Camden County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center’s Mobile Mammography Program to enroll women into BCCP, provide breast screenings, and offer free mammograms from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, October 23, at the Camden Woods Shopping Center located at 1601 Hwy. 40 E. in Kingsland. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.

No appointment necessary. For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, click HERE.


Chatham County
The Chatham County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the St. Joseph’s/Candler Mobile Mammography Program to offer free mammograms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, at the Chatham County Health Department located at 1602 Drayton Street. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.

Appointments are preferred but walk-ins will be accepted. To make an appointment, please call 356-2946.

For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, click HERE.


McIntosh County
The McIntosh County Health Department’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP) is partnering with the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center’s Mobile Mammography Program to enroll women into BCCP, provide breast screenings, and offer free mammograms from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, at the Bi-Lo in Darien. Women who meet certain annual income guidelines and are 40-64 years of age without insurance will be eligible to receive a screening mammogram at no cost.

No appointment necessary.

No appointment necessary. For more information on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, click HERE.

 

Bryan Co. Residents Encouraged to Take Community Health Survey

The Bryan County Health Department, along with other community partners, is conducting a survey to find out what residents think are the biggest issues when it comes to health and quality of life. The survey is completely anonymous. Survey results will be compiled and used to develop a community health improvement plan.

“Our long-term goal is to try come up with some practical ways to help improve the health of residents throughout the county,” said Coastal Health District Performance Improvement Coordinator, David Lankford. “The first step is to identify roadblocks that might be preventing leading a healthier lifestyle.”

Similar surveys have been or will be conducted in other Coastal Health District counties. The Coastal Health District is made up of health departments and public health facilities in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties.

To complete the Bryan County community health survey, residents can go to click HERE.

Chatham County Health Department Schedule Announcement

The Chatham County Health Department midtown location at 1602 Drayton Street will only be open from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, September 29. Both health department locations – 1602 Drayton Street and 1395 Eisenhower Drive – will be closed for all services, including environmental health and vital records, on Friday, October 20, for staff training.

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.