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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!

Chatsworth Mayor Don Penland, with wife Barbara, rolls up his sleeve for a flu shot at last year's Drive-by in Murray CountyHealth departments throughout the North Georgia Health District will start conducting drive-by flu shot clinics in September.

The drive by flu shot clinics are specially designed to serve people safely, quickly and conveniently as they remain in their vehicles.

These clinics also offer an opportunity for North Georgia Health District health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties to test their ability to administer medications to the public quickly during a widespread public health crisis, such as pandemic influenza.

In addition to regular influenza vaccine, the high-dose form of Fluzone vaccine for people 65 and older will be offered at the drive-by clinics.

The cost for the regular flu shot will be $22, and the Fluzone high-dose shot will be $50. Cash, checks, Medicare, Medicaid and State Cigna and State United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted.

For assistance with well-water, septic systems and mold issues related to floods in Gilmer and Pickens Counties, call Gilmer County Environmental Health at 706-635-6050 and Pickens County Environmental Health at 706-253-0900.

public health advisoryIf you have dead animals on your property as the result of recent flooding, public health officials recommend that you do the following:  If you know the animal owners, contact them and ask that the animals be picked up.  If you do not know who owns them, you may bury dead animals on your property under at least two feet of cover and at least 200 feet away from any wells, springs, lakes and streams.  Use rubber gloves when handling carcasses and wash your hands using a disinfectant soap.  For more information, contact Danny Green with the Georgia Department of Agriculture at 770-535-5955.