• 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.

Get a Head Start on Your Vaccinations This Summer

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

August is a busy month with back-to-school shopping, last minute family vacations, registering for school and recent graduates leaving for college. As summer comes to an end and the school year begins, people often forget to check if they and their family members are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) reminds Georgians to get a head start on vaccinations required for school.

“August is a great time of year to engage the community regarding vaccinations,” said Sheila Lovett, Immunization program director for DPH. “It’s the perfect time to make vaccinating a priority in our communities.”

This year, each week of NIAM focuses on a different stage of the life span:

  • Adults (Aug. 1-7)
  • Pregnant women (Aug. 8-14)
  • Babies and young children (Aug. 15-21)
  • Preteens and teens (Aug. 22-28)

Vaccinations protect our families and communities; especially infants and those individuals who are unable to be immunized or who have weakened immune systems. Every adult in Georgia (19 years of age and older) should follow the recommended immunization schedule by age and medical condition.

It is always a good idea to have the adult vaccine schedule nearby as a reference and to make sure you are current on your immunizations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the 2016 Recommended Immunizations schedule to help you remember when to talk with your doctor about your vaccinations.

DPH hosts an annual Immunize Georgia Conference that educates health care providers on the latest requirements, updates and news regarding immunization services. It is an effort to connect public and private health practitioners for a common cause: improving Georgia's immunization rates and protecting every adult and child from vaccine-preventable diseases.

The conference brings world-renowned speakers including subject matter experts from CDC, Emory University and other top-tier research universities and respected hospitals from across the country. Participants can earn continuing education credits, network with peers and take the GRITS 101 training.

Register for the Immunize Georgia Conference at www.immunizegeorgia.com. To learn more about vaccinations for adults and children, visit CDC at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

Parking Limited at Whitfield County Health Department this Thursday and Friday

Parking Lot Closed-smDalton, GA – Upper level parking at the Whitfield County Health Department on Professional Boulevard in Dalton will be closed Thursday, July 28 and Friday, July 29 due to ongoing construction of a new public safety communication system tower nearby at the Whitfield 911 Center. However, parking will be available to health department visitors this Thursday and Friday at the lower parking level at the back of the building. All regular parking spaces are expected to be available by the following Monday. Please call the Whitfield County Health Department at (706) 279-9600 with any questions or concerns.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL BASH Health Clinic in Jasper, July 19th

Pickens County Health Department provides all State Health Requirements for School Students!

Pickens Back-to-School Health Clinic - Jul 2016 - graphic-smPrepare your child for the upcoming school year. The Pickens County Health Department will conduct a Back-to-School Bash Health Clinic on Tuesday, July 19th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The health department is located at 60 Health Way in Jasper. This is the One-Stop Spot for school students’ state health requirements. The clinic is offering required Hearing, Dental, Vision and BMI/Nutrition Screenings and providing Immunizations for school-age children. The clinic is accepting Medicaid (including AmeriGroup, PeachState and WellCare) and PeachCare for Kids. For more information or to check on additional insurances accepted, please call (706) 253-2821.

How to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat

How to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat - video graphic-smPublished by CDC on June 6, 2013: A message from Dr. Robin Ikeda, Acting Director of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, on how you can prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths by staying cool, hydrated and informed.


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