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50 years since the introduction of the measles vaccine, we are reminded that although measles was declared eliminated from the U.S. in 2000, the disease is still commonly transmitted in many parts of the world. Because measles continues to be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated people who get infected while overseas, high vaccine coverage is critical for preventing measles cases and outbreaks, and protecting infants who are too young to get vaccinated. Read more below, and check with your health care provider to make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her vaccinations!


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1_-_for_web.jpgNursing may seem simple to some – monitor a patient’s vital signs, check another’s symptoms and glide through the duties of the day. But, in fact, nursing is hard, skillful work that requires a deep sense of dedication.

For Cheri Holden, who has served as nurse manager of the Pickens County Health Department since last fall, the wealth of education, experience and energy she possesses is only surpassed by her dedicated desire to serve others.
Originally from Dalton, Holden had earned both a Registered Nursing degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee by 1984.
She then managed the infant unit at Northside Hospital in Atlanta; and, in 1986, she began her public health career at the Cobb County Health Department in Marietta.
“I was married by that time and ready to start a family,” said Holden, “So, it was my mother who had urged me to look for a job in public health. She felt I’d be able to focus more time on motherhood.”
Then, her children came – first a son, and a daughter, and later, a stepson and stepdaughter – and Holden raised them while progressing professionally, starting with the launch of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention (BCCP) program in Cobb County to becoming supervisor of the health department’s Acworth Health Center and the Breast Test and More coordinator.
“I loved my work in Cobb County,” she said, “But it grew too large and impersonal – too metropolitan – I wanted to get back to a smaller population with more of a hometown feel.”

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.