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Cherokee Back-to-School Poster for webPrepare your child for the upcoming school year!

The Cherokee County Health Department will conduct a Back-to-School Health Clinic on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 1 to 6 p.m. at public health centers in both Canton and Woodstock. The required Hearing, Dental, Vision and BMI/Nutrition Screenings will be available: Total cost for screenings is forty dollars. Also, immunizations will be provided for school-age children (there is a charge for vaccines). Medicaid is accepted. The Canton Health Center is located at 1219 Univeter Road in Canton, and the Woodstock Health Center is at 7545 North Main Street in Woodstock. For more information, please call (770) 345-7371 in Canton or (770) 928-0133 in Woodstock.

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GrowlingRaccoon-480x377Jasper (GA) – Two dogs in Pickens County were potentially exposed to rabies after coming into contact with raccoons that later tested positive for the disease.


Jan Stephens, manager of Pickens County Environmental Health, said the first incident occurred at a residence in the Jerusalem Church area on February 24. A dog at the home that was not yet old enough to have had its initial rabies shot was observed being intimidated by a raccoon. The dog owner shot the raccoon and environmental health submitted it to the Georgia Department of Public Health Laboratory for rabies testing. The positive results were confirmed on February 26.


The dog is under quarantine for six months. After five months in quarantine, the dog will be given a rabies shot and will remain quarantined for the final month.


The second incident was on March 9 at a home in Talking Rock on the Pickens-Gilmer County line. A relative of the homeowner saw the raccoon attack the owner’s dog, so the relative shot the raccoon. The raccoon was prepared and shipped for rabies testing on March 10, and the positive rabies result was returned on March 11.

 Breastfeeding Strategies for Special Situations by Karen Gromada 

Dalton (GA)Karen Gromada, MSN, RN, IBCLC, FILCA, will be the featured guest speaker at the 2014 Breastfeeding Conference at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, Georgia on Wednesday, March 26 at 8 A.M. The conference theme is Breastfeeding Strategies for Special Situations. 

Gromada has worked in various perinatal settings, including labor and delivery, obstetric early discharge homecare, and as a private practice and hospital-based lactation consultant. She leads a La Leche League group for mothers of multiples and is the author of Mothering Multiples: Breastfeeding and Caring for Twins or More (2007). She has also written related articles for professional and parenting publications. Gromada served as President of the International Lactation Consultant Association from 1994 to1996. 

Presented by the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition and sponsored by the North Georgia Health District, the 2014 Breastfeeding Conference is particularly essential for physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, certified nurse midwives, certified professional midwives, La Leche League leaders, WIC employees, nutritionists, nurse practitioners and anyone who works with breastfeeding moms.

See Butts? Kick ‘Em in the Can!


The North Georgia Health District joins the Georgia Department of Public Health and teachers, youth leaders and health advocates around the state on national Kick Butts Day to urge everyone to kick cigarette butts in the can, and to:


-   Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in Georgia;

-   Encourage youth to stay tobacco-free;

-   Ask school districts to adopt the Georgia Model 100% Tobacco Free Schools policy; and

-   Urge tobacco users to call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP.


For more information, call the North Georgia Health District at 706-272-2342 or log onto


Listen to what the kids of Girl Scout Brownie Troop 12617 in Whitfield County, GA have to say about smoking on their new radio ad that airs this March and April on Chattanooga's WDEF-FM and WDOD-FM and on Dalton's Mix 104.5-FM and WBLJ-AM stations: Click here!