• The North Georgia Health District offices in Dalton and Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will be CLOSED on Monday, April 24th for a State Holiday. This also applies to all Environmental Health, WIC and Children's Medical Services. Normal hours of operation will resume the following day.

Drive By & Arm against Flu in Blue Ridge

Fast, Safe, Convenient – Sept 29!

Fan-Drive-by-2016-Flyer-8.5x11-smThe Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Blue Ridge is where you can Roll In, Roll Up a Sleeve and ARM against the Flu before it starts spreading in North Georgia! The Fannin County Health Department and community partners will conduct their annual Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, September 29th from 9 AM to 5 PM at The Farmers Market while practicing local emergency Point of Dispensing operations. 4-in-1 Quadrivalent Flu Shots will be $25 and Fluzone High Dose Flu Shots for people 65 and older will be $58. Cash, check, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana and United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot each year. The fastest, most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Blue Ridge! The Farmers Market is at East First Street in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Call (706) 632-3023 for more information.

Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic Rolls into Jasper

Fast, Safe, Convenient –  Sept 27!

Pic-Drive-by-2016-Flyer-sm-8.5x11Roll in. Roll up a sleeve. ARM against the FLU. Get your flu shot at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Jasper! The Pickens County Health Department and community partners will conduct their annual Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 27th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church while practicing local emergency Point of Dispensing operations. 4-in-1 Quadrivalent Flu Shots will be $25 and Fluzone High Dose Flu Shots for people 65 and older will be $58. Cash, check, credit cards, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Coventry, Humana and United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot each year. The fastest, most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Jasper! Mt. Zion Baptist Church is at 1036 Main Street, Jasper, Georgia. Call (706) 253-2821 for more information.

Arm against the flu at a Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in North Georgia

Drive-bys 2016 Graphic-smNorth GeorgiaRoll in. Roll up a sleeve, and arm against the flu. Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics are coming once again to North Georgia, and there is no easier, safer way to protect against the flu while helping prepare communities for disaster.

Since 2008, public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties have conducted the annual Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics, serving residents quickly and efficiently as they remain in their vehicles.

The four-in-one quadrivalent flu vaccine and the Fluzone High Dose vaccine for people sixty-five and older will be available at the clinics.

“Quadrivalent flu vaccine protects us against four different strains of flu, including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses,” said Marie Smith, immunization and child health coordinator for North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “Whereas, for people 65 and older whose immune systems tend to weaken with age, the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine has four times the amount of protective antigen.”

The cost of the quadrivalent flu shot is $25 and the Fluzone High-Dose flu shot is $58. Cash, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield Health and United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted, along with other forms of payment and insurance, depending on the county.

While arming residents against the flu at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics, public health staff and community partners test their plans for standing up a temporary Point of Dispensing to rapidly administer medication during a public health crisis. Participating community partners include local law enforcement, volunteers, businesses and first responders such as the county Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Department.

This year, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics are scheduled in each county, as follows:

Cherokee: Tuesday, October 4th, 8 A.M. – 4 P.M., Woodstock Health Center: 7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, GA. Call (770) 928-0133 or (770) 345-7371 for more details.

Fannin: Thursday, September 29th, 9 A.M. – 5 P.M., The Farmers Market: East First Street, Blue Ridge, GA. Call (706) 632-3023 for more details.

Gilmer: Thursday, October 6th, 8 A.M. – 4 P.M., Pleasant Grove Baptist Church: 115 Pleasant Grove Road, Ellijay, GA. Call (706) 635-4363 for more details.

Murray: Tuesday, October 11th, 8 A.M. – 6 P.M., Murray County Parks and Recreation Department: 651 Hyden Tyler Road, Chatsworth, GA. Call (706) 695-4585 for more details.

Pickens: Tuesday, September 27th, 9 A.M. – 3 P.M., Mt. Zion Baptist Church: 1036 North Main Street, Jasper, GA. Call (706) 253-2821 for more details.

Whitfield: Wednesday, October 5th, 8 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center: 2211 Dug Gap Battle Road, Dalton, GA. Call (706) 226-2621 for more details.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccination each season.

The most convenient way to get that vaccination in North Georgia is at the nearest Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic.

For additional details about the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics, call the local county health department or log onto www.nghd.org. To learn more about influenza and flu protection, log onto the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/flu/.

Whitfield residents urged: Prepare during National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today!

WhitPrepareAthonBanner-web(Dalton) – September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) and serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the type of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work and visit.

As part of the bi-annual Whitfield PrepareAthon! campaign, the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Whitfield County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) are working with local community partners to help residents prepare.

Amy Cooley, Whitfield County EMA Emergency Specialist, said, “Our PrepareAthon! events for National Preparedness Month include a Pillow Case Project for 3rd-5th graders with the American Red Cross on September 22nd at the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library at 5 PM. We invite residents to join us and bring their children. We will be providing preparedness information while the children learn about personal and family preparedness. The other event is actually in October, and that's our annual Community Disaster Awareness Day at Home Depot in Dalton in conjunction with their Safety Day on Saturday, October 1st from 9 AM to 12 PM. This is a fun event filled with great activities for the whole family as they learn how to prepare for disaster and participate in Home Depot's Kid Workshop.”

The National Preparedness Month theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today”, emphasizes the importance of preparedness for youth, older adults and people with disabilities as well as for anyone with access and functional needs.Businesses, organizations, communities and individuals should take time this month to help make America more prepared for emergencies by following the weekly Ready.gov plan:

According to Whitfield County EMA Director Claude Craig, it is never too early to plan for disaster, but it can be too late.
 
“There’s no time to prepare once disaster strikes,” said Craig. “That is why preparing ahead of a disaster is so critically essential.”
 
Learn more about National Preparedness Month and how individuals, families and communities here in Georgia can prepare for emergencies at www.ready.ga.gov.

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