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Dalton (GA) – People 65 and older will be the focus of the Whitfield County Drive-by Flu shot Clinic in Dalton.

The Whitfield County Health Department will offer only Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine for people ages 65 plus at their Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, September 23rd from 8 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center on Dug Gap Battle Road. Fluzone High-Dose influenza vaccine is designed to provide extra protection for people whose immune systems weaken as they age. The cost of the high-dose flu shot is $50, and cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid plus Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance will be accepted.

The 4-in-1 quadrivalent flu vaccine for residents younger than 65 will be available for $25 later this month at the Whitfield County Health Department located at 800 Professional Boulevard in Dalton.

Call the Whitfield County Health Department at (706) 226-2621 for more information.

Don’t forget to drive by and arm yourself against the flu quickly and  conveniently at Murray County Health Department’s Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic!

The clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd from 8A.M. to 6P.M. at the Murray County Recreation Center located at 651 Hyden Tyler Road in Chatsworth.

This year, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic will offer the 4-in-1 quadrivalent flu vaccine that protects against four strains of flu in one shot!

Cost of the flu shot is $25, and cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid plus Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance will be accepted.

The best way to arm against the flu is with a flu shot -- the most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Chatsworth!

For more information, call (706) 695-4585 or log onto

Free Rapid HIV Testing at Fannin Co Health Dept-11x17poster-for webFree and confidential Rapid HIV Testing is now available at the Fannin County Health Department.

Testing is conducted on the fourth Thursday of each month at the health department located at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge. Testing times are from 10 AM to 3 PM. (closed from 12-12:30 pm for lunch).

Free prevention supplies are also available.

The CDC recommends that everyone between ages 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and those at increased risk – such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or persons with multiple sexual partners – should be tested at least annually.

For more information, call the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023.


Illustration by Ray KingYears ago an acquaintance in her early twenties made frequent use of indoor tanning booths. She noticed a dark, reddish, irregular mole on her left side which was diagnosed as melanoma. Unfortunately, this skin cancer had already spread to her lymph system. She died two years later after it reached her brain. Might she have died of melanoma if she had not used tanning booths? Perhaps; but mounting strong evidence indicates a direct correlation between several skin cancers and frequent use of indoor tanning. 

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or indoor tanning damages DNA strands in a person’s skin cells, resulting in cancers. 

Now that summer is drawing to an end and many “tan fans” will tend to increase their use of alternative tanning methods, it is important to bear in mind that indoor tanning can be more dangerous than tanning in the sun even though tanning booths have less ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation. Tanning beds use fluorescent bulbs that emit mostly ultraviolet A (UVA) rays, with smaller doses of UVB rays. UVA radiation is up to three times more intense than the UVA rays in natural sunlight, and even the UVB radiation intensity may approach that of bright sunlight. 

Despite the clear evidence that it is unsafe, the use of tanning beds is on the rise. Nearly 30 million people in the United States tan in salons every year, and most of them are women between the ages of 16 and 49.