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North Georgia Are you protected from the flu? *According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity is increasing in the U.S., and the usual time for flu season to peak is just ahead. The best way to protect against the flu is with a flu shot. Vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and time missed from work and school due to the flu, and a shot can prevent flu-related hospitalizations. 

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in, so now is the perfect time to get vaccinated! 

North Georgia Health District public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties have flu vaccine and no appointment is necessary. Please contact your local health department for more information:

  • Cherokee: Canton (770) 345-7371 / Woodstock (770) 928-0133
  • Fannin (706) 632-3023
  • Gilmer (706) 635-4363
  • Murray (706) 695-4585
  • Pickens (706) 253-2821
  • Whitfield (706) 279-9600 

For more information about flu and its prevention, log onto


*Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

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North Georgia Health District Public Health Departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties offer FREE Family Planning services to teens 19 and under!

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These free services include:


  • A full range of birth control options, including Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)
  • Screening and treatment for STDs/HIV
  • Reproductive life planning
  • Health history and physical examination
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling


Click on the LOCATIONS tab above to find the contact information for each of our County Health Departments.


Contact the nearest health department today!

For anyone who is on well water that is contaminated by flooding, be sure to watch this helpful Emergency Well Disinfection video by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This video contains procedures for disinfecting private wells after extreme conditions.Emergency Well Disinfection Video pic for web

To those affected by severe weather this season--Stay safe out there! Use these tips from to minimize food loss and risk of illness when the power comes back on and the waters recede.

Food Safety after Flood