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2nd Booster
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North GA – Second Booster Doses of COVID-19 vaccine are now authorized and available at Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties. A second booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of which vaccine doses were previously given (however, only Pfizer vaccine is authorized for ages 12 to 17), is highly recommended for:

  • People 50 years old and older, at least 4 months after receiving a 1st booster of any authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • People 12 years old and older who are immunocompromised, at least 4 months after receiving a 1st dose of any authorized COVID-19 vaccine (however, only Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 12- to 17-year-olds).
  • People 18 years old and older who received *Janssen as both their primary series dose and booster, at least 4 months after that 1st booster.

 *Although mRNA vaccines are preferred for the first booster, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.

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Dalton, GA – The Whitfield County Health Department’s Adult Health Clinic (formerly known as MAC) is offering free hypertension services to the first 400 eligible residents to enroll for the offer.

Eligibility applies to Whitfield County residents who have a blood pressure reading of no less than 140 over 90 on at least two subsequent screenings or are taking antihypertensive medication to maintain normal blood pressure.

Free Hypertension Services at Whitfield Co Health Dept FlyerFree Hypertension Services at Whitfield Co Health Dept Flyer - English & Spanish - Click to downloadThe free hypertension services include:

  • Initial evaluation
  • Educational materials
  • Blood pressure cuff and blood pressure log
  • EKG (electrocardiogram)
  • Goodie bag with heart smart incentives

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 31, 2022

Download this pdf file. Increased Reports of Overdoses Involving Drugs Mixed with Fentanyl

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Drug Surveillance Unit has received increased reports of overdoses due to drugs mixed with fentanyl, particularly cocaine, methamphetamine, and counterfeit pills. Overdoses have been Download this pdf file. reported in several areas of the state over the past month.

Between early February and mid-March, at least 66 emergency department visits involved the use of cocaine, methamphetamine, crack, heroin, pain killers and cannabis products that were likely laced with fentanyl. Patients described extreme reactions to drugs – one patient reported taking a Percocet and went unresponsive – or patients were seen for a stimulant overdose but had a positive response to naloxone. Naloxone is administered to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses.

Fentanyl is a deadly substance that can be made illegally and found in all types of street drugs, not just opioids. It is important to know that it is possible to have an opioid overdose from a stimulant (e.g., cocaine) that is laced with fentanyl.

 

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North GA - Due to the potential for severe thunderstorms and heavy rain, the MAKO Medical COVID-19 Drive-thru Test Sites in Dalton, Ellijay, Jasper and Woodstock, Georgia are closed, Wednesday, March 23, 2022. 

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