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  • BACK TO SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC July 31st!

    Back To School 2012 - CherokeeClick image to view FlyerThe Cherokee County Health Department will conduct a Back To School Health Clinic from 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at both public health centers in Canton and Woodstock. Hearing, Dental and Vision Screenings will be offered for $30.00, and Immunizations will be provided for School-aged Children (there is a charge for vaccines). Medicaid is accepted. The Canton public health center is located at 1219 Univeter Road, and the Woodstock public health center is at 7545 N. Main Street. For more information, please call (770) 345-7371 in Canton, or call (770) 928-0133 in Woodstock.
  • WORKPLACE FLU VACCINATION CLINICS

    WCHD-Business-Flu-Shot-Clinic-FlyerClick Image to View FlyerThe Whitfield County Health Department is currently arranging to conduct Workplace Flu Vaccination Clinics at local businesses.  A team of registered nurses and support staff will assure a smooth, seamless process of vaccinating employees at a time that is most convenient for each workplace. Several employer insurance carriers cover the cost of flu vaccine. The health department provides an affordable option. Managers are urged to help keep their workforce working this upcoming flu season by calling (706) 281-2212 for more details.
  • Fourth Cherokee County raccoon tests positive for rabies

    raccoonCherokee County Environmental Health officials announced today that the fourth raccoon in Cherokee County since May has tested positive for rabies, and an unvaccinated horse must undergo a six-month quarantine.

    Environmental Health Specialist Glendon Gordy stated that on Saturday, July 23, a raccoon was found with a horse in the horse's stall at a residence on North Lake Drive in Canton. The raccoon was alive but not moving, and the resident's son shot it.
  • Health Departments will close on Furlough Days

    North Georgia Health District officials announced today that public health departments in Gilmer, Murray and Pickens Counties will be closed on certain days each month as part of planned furlough days when the agencies close and staff take leave without pay. The furlough days are due to budget shortfalls.

    The first of these health department furlough days will take place in Murray County on Wednesday, July 27.

    2011 Furlough Dates include:

    Gilmer County Health Department

    -Monday, August 22
    -Monday, September 12
    -Monday, September 26
    -Monday, October 3
    -Monday, October 24
    -Monday, November 14
    -Monday, November 28
    -Monday, December 12
    -Monday, December 19

    *The Gilmer County WIC clinic WILL be OPEN on each of these dates

    Murray County Health Department

    -Wednesday, July 27
    -Wednesday, August 24
    -Wednesday, September 28
    -Wednesday, October 26
    -Wednesday, November 23
    -Wednesday, December 28

    Pickens County Health Department

    -Monday, August 22
    -Monday, September 12
    -Monday, September 26
    -Monday. October 3
    -Monday, October 24
    -Monday, November 14
    -Monday, November 28
    -Monday, December 12
    -Monday, December 19

    Health department furlough days in these counties are necessary to minimize the impact of declining funding and increased healthcare costs.

  • Rabies exposure and potential exposure to Gilmer County residents this week

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    One person was exposed to rabies and another was potentially rabies exposed in Gilmer County this week in connection with two separate raccoon attacks to dogs.

    According to Andrea Wheeler, Gilmer County Environmental Health Manager, both raccoons tested positive for rabies on July 28 after they each attacked domestic dogs in two separate incidents in which a woman was exposed to rabies and a man was potentially exposed to the deadly disease.
  • Gilmer County Man exposed to rabid fox

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    A man was exposed to a fox that later tested positive for rabies on February Lane off Old Highway 5 North in Ellijay, according to Andrea Wheeler of Gilmer County Environmental Health. The resident encountered the fox on July 16, 2009 and the fox tested positive for rabies on July 23, 2009.

  • TICK….TICK….TICK…

    Tick GraphicYou might be surprised to learn that ticks transmit more diseases and cause more illnesses in the United States than any other type of disease vector including mosquitoes. In fact, seven distinct clinical diseases are transmitted by ticks and five occur in Georgia including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
  • TECH 102 CONTRACTOR TRAINING

    AN 8-HOUR GEORGIA SEPTIC CONTRACTOR CEU COURSE WILL BE PRESENTED ON FRIDAY, JULY 10th AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST LOCATED AT 118 NORTH GLENWOOD AVENUE IN DALTON, GA.

    THIS COURSE IS PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA ONSITE SEWAGE PROGRAM AND IS INTENDED FOR CONTRACTORS NEEDING CEU CREDITS TO MAINTAIN THEIR CERTIFICATION TO INSTALL SEPTIC SYSTEMS IN GEORGIA.

    INTERESTED PARTIES MAY CALL 770-229-3477, REGISTER ONLINE AT WWW.UGAONSITE.COM, OR SIMPLY REGISTER AT THE CLASS BEFORE 8 AM ON JULY 10TH.

    FEE FOR REGISTERING THE DAY OF THE CONFERENCE IS $145.

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