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Download 7th Grade Immunizations PosterSeventh graders are now required to have the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) vaccines prior to entering school.

Children born on or after January 1, 2002 who are attending seventh grade and new entrants into Georgia schools in grades 8 through 12 must have received one dose of Tdap vaccine and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. ("New entrant" means any child entering any school in Georgia for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than 12 months or one school year).

For more information about this and all school required immunizations, go to the Georgia Department of Public Health website.

Shots are available at each of our health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Click above on the LOCATIONS tab to find health department contact and location information for each county.

TB_image2.jpgDalton, GA – Officials of North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health have identified a single case of active tuberculosis (TB) in a resident of Whitfield County. The individual identified is receiving medication to treat the illness.
Health officials have begun identifying contacts of the individual with active TB and are working hard to ensure that any additional contacts in the community are identified and treated. Letters of notification have been sent to those who may have been exposed and testing is underway, beginning with the closest contacts and those contacts that could be at a higher risk for infection due to underlying medical conditions.
At this point in the investigation, health officials have not detected any further spread of TB related to this particular case.
“The Whitfield County Health Department and District health officials have been working diligently to identify and test individuals at risk of exposure based on guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” said David Holland, M.D., medical consultant, Georgia Tuberculosis Program. TB disease progresses over the course of weeks or months, so there is no immediate risk to the public. The Georgia Tuberculosis Program has been monitoring the progress of the contact investigation and is confident that the county’s actions are guarding the health of the public.”

EVR_in_Gilmer_flyer_for_web.pngllijay, GA – Vital records are now being provided at the Gilmer County Environmental Health office in Ellijay, Georgia. Through this satellite office of Georgia Vital Records, residents may
obtain birth and death certificates. The Gilmer County Environmental Health office is located in Suite 3 on the ground floor level of the Gilmer County Courthouse at 1 Broad Street in Ellijay. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. and 1 P.M. to 4:30 P.M. For more information, please call (706) 635-6050.

Jasper (GA) – As a rabid raccoon attempted to attack a Pickens County, Georgia woman, her dog leapt to the rescue, saving her from harm.

According to Jan Stephens, manager of Pickens County Environmental Health, a couple in the Yellow Creek area of the county was walking around the edge of the woods with their dog early in the morning on Saturday, April 11, when a raccoon suddenly ran aggressively toward the woman’s foot. The couple’s dog lunged at the raccoon and fought it before it could come into contact with the woman, and her husband beat the raccoon to death with a stick.

Stephens submitted the raccoon to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory that Monday, and the lab confirmed on Tuesday that the raccoon was positive for rabies.

Because the dog was properly vaccinated against rabies, it was only necessary to give the pet a booster rabies shot. If the dog had not been vaccinated, the couple would have been faced with either euthanizing their pet or keeping it in strict quarantine for six months.

Several positive rabies cases have occurred in the Yellow Creek area in past years, so residents should be alert to animals behaving strangely.