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3 in 10 Girls in the US get pregnant at least once before age 20.  -

Join us for a Watch Party May 4, 2011! 

Teens, Pre-Teens, and Parents:  view MTV's '16 and Pregnant'

Time:  4:30pm - 5:30pm

Location: Dalton Parks & Recreation Center

Presented by North Georgia Health District Teen Health Program

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Date: Thursday, May 12, 2011
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Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location:  Boys & Girls Club of Dalton

for Teens ages 13 and up and their parents

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Presented by North Georgia Health District Teen Health Program and Vision of Hope

The North Georgia Health District joins the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) in reminding residents of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties that National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 23 - 30, 2011. NIIW emphasizes the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Infant Immunization Schedule Parents and caregivers will have a chance to become better educated on the importance of vaccination and protecting their newborns against diseases during NIIW.

“Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases, and it is critical that we as caregivers and parents make sure they receive their immunizations,” says Dr. Anil T. Mangla, Program Director of Infectious Disease and Immunization, Georgia Department of Community Health.

Each day, approximately 12,000 babies are born in the United States who will need to be immunized before age 2 against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases. Some of the most common vaccine-preventable diseases are pertussis (whooping cough), influenza and chicken pox.

Take proper precaution and immunize your child. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and discuss an immunization schedule with your infant’s pediatrician. Protect, love and immunize your child.

For more information on immunization, contact your local health department (phone numbers for the North Georgia Health District county health departments are listed below) or visit
Approximately 19 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year in the United States – and almost half of these are among young people aged 15 to 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) pose a serious public health threat to Americans – particularly young women, African Americans, men who have sex with men (MSM), and individuals who live in poverty or have limited access to healthcare. STDs cost the United States’ health care system as much as $17 billion annually.

STDs such as chlamydia and gonorrhea are major causes of infertility among women. These and other common STDs can increase the risk of HIV transmission for both women and men.

There are many effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs. STD screening and early diagnoses are vital to prevent serious health consequences and increased transmission.