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Whitfield County Health Department will provide influenza vaccine at both Wal-Mart Stores in Dalton beginning September 9 through October 4. (Please see the schedule below.) The two Wal-Mart Store locations in Dalton are 815 Shugart Road and 2545 East Walnut Avenue.

Influenza vaccine will be available at these Wal-Mart locations for anyone nine years old or older. The cost for regular seasonal influenza vaccine will be twenty-two dollars. The high-dose form of Fluzone influenza vaccine will be available to those who are ages 65 and older and will cost fifty dollars.

Payment may be made by cash or check, plus, the Whitfield County Health Department is an in-network insurance provider for: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, State of Georgia Health Benefit Plans (Cigna and United Healthcare), Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Advantage Plans.

 

For more information, call 706-226-2621. 

On August 25 in Gilmer County, two male mixed-breed Labrador Retrievers fought and killed a raccoon that was later confirmed as positive for carrying the rabies virus.

 

Rabies VirusGilmer County Environmental Health Manager Andrea Martin said, “The incident took place five miles out Chatsworth Highway in the vicinity of Gates Chapel Road.”

 

The raccoon was prepared for rabies testing by the VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital in East Ellijay on August 26, and then Martin shipped the specimen to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory. The positive test result for rabies was reported on August 28.

 

Martin stated that, of the two dogs, only one is current on its rabies vaccination. For the vaccinated dog, the recommendation is that it be revaccinated and it is required that the dog be observed at home for 45 days. However, the second dog is not vaccinated and is over 10 years old; therefore, the owner is going to have it euthanized.

 

No human exposure was reported in this incident.

 

Health officials urge residents to maintain current rabies vaccinations in their pets.

 

For Immediate Release:

PUBLIC ADVISORY – Cancellation of Boil Water Notice – FreeHome and Ball Ground Areas

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For additional information you may contact the Dwight Turner, Customer Affairs Manager, Cherokee County Water And Sewerage Authority, during regular business hours at: (770) 479-1813

PUBLIC ADVISORY

CANCELLATION   OF   BO I L   W A T E R   N O T I C E

August 30, 2013

The Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority, in cooperation with the Georgia EPD, has lifted the boil water notice issued on August 29, 2013; which included the FreeHome and Ball Ground areas. Laboratory test results show that the water is safe for human consumption.

The boil water notice ONLY affected residents and businesses in the FreeHome and Ball Ground areas that receive water which passes through the Highway 20 corridor. Businesses and residents may return to the normal consumption of water.

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Rabies shots for dogs and cats will be just $10 at the VCA Appalachian Animal Hospital Vaccination Clinic on Saturday, September 28 from 8 AM -2 PM. The clinic is located at 125 Mulberry Street in East Ellijay, and the clinic's phone number is (706) 635-7357. Don't miss out on the chance to protect your pet from rabies at this reduced cost!