Get Vaccinated Now Before Flu Season Peaks
North Georgia – Last year, Georgia experienced one of the worst flu seasons in recent history. This year, even before the typical peak of flu season, the CDC reports that Georgia is already experiencing high and widespread numbers of flu-like illnesses and confirmed cases.
North Georgia Health District officials urge residents to vaccinate before the peak of flu season, which usually begins in this region by mid-January and lasts through the end of February, possibly longer. It takes a couple of weeks for flu vaccine to reach its full protective potential within the body, so now is a critical time to get the shot for those who still need one.
Influenza can be a serious disease that leads to hospitalization and sometimes death. Regardless of race, age, gender or ethnicity, anyone can get sick from the flu. Those especially at risk are adults 65 years of age and older, children younger than 5, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or other long-term medical conditions.
Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu, but flu vaccine is the best protection.
Both regular quadrivalent flu vaccine, which protects against the four strains of flu virus that are most commonly circulating this season, and high dose flu vaccine for people age 65 and older are available at local health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties (contact information for each of these health departments is at www.nghd.org). The health departments accept several forms of health insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid so that vaccination is cost-free to the client. For people without healthcare coverage, regular flu vaccine is $25 and high dose flu vaccine is $65.
Symptoms of seasonal flu may include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, tiredness and/or muscle aches. People who might have flu – particularly if they are in the groups listed above at risk for severe disease and complications – should seek medical care and start antiviral medication as soon as possible.
In addition to a flu shot, there are simple things anyone can do to help prevent getting or spreading the flu:
- Wash your hands and your children’s hands frequently, especially after contact with other people.
- Use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze and dispose of the tissue afterward, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve if no tissues are available.
- Clean your hands after you cough or sneeze, even if you use a tissue. Use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available and your hands are not visibly dirty.
- When possible, stay home if you get the flu.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
But most importantly, before flu season peaks, people should make it a top priority to go to or call their county health department or health care provider to be vaccinated. For more information on immunization, visit the Georgia Department of Public Health website at http://dph.georgia.gov/influenza-what-you-need-know.
Wednesday, September 26th!
Blue Ridge, GA – Fannin County Health Department presents the annual DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC at The Farmers Market in Blue Ridge on Wednesday, September 26th from 9 am to 3 pm. Drive through and beat the flu as you safely receive a flu shot while seated in your vehicle. You’ll also be helping public health staff and community partners practice local Point of Dispensing operations for times of emergency. 4-in-1 Quadrivalent Flu Shots will be $25 and Fluzone High Dose Flu Shots for people 65 and older will be $65. Cash, checks, credit cards, Medicare, Medicaid, Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Coventry, Humana and United Healthcare Insurance will be accepted. The Farmers Market is located on East First Street in Blue Ridge. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot each year. The fastest, most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic in Blue Ridge! Call (706) 632-3023 for more information.
HEALTH CLINIC on July 31st One-Stop Spot for School State Health Requirements!
Is your child ready for the upcoming school year? The Fannin County Health Department is conducting a Back To School Rush Health Clinic on Tuesday, July 31st from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at their location in Blue Ridge. The required Hearing, Dental, Vision and BMI/Nutrition Screenings will be available: Total cost for screenings is $50. Also, immunizations will be provided for school-age children for $21.90 each (for uninsured or underinsured). Medicaid, including Amerigroup, Caresource, Peachstate, Wellcare, and Peachcare for Kids are accepted. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Ambetter, CIGNA, HUMANA, AETNA, Coventry and Meritain are also accepted. The health department is located at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge, Georgia. For more information, call (706) 632-3023.
Free Rapid HIV Testing at Fannin County Health Department on November 20th
Blue Ridge (GA) – Free and confidential Rapid HIV Testing will be available at the Fannin County Health Department on Monday, November 20th! Hours for the free testing are from 9 to 11 AM and no appointment is needed. The CDC recommends that everyone between ages 13 and 64 be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and those at increased risk – such as gay and bisexual men, injection drug users, or persons with multiple sexual partners – should be tested at least annually. For more information, call the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023.
For Immediate Release
October 12, 2017
Free Breast Exams on October 23rd
Breast Cancer Awareness at Fannin County Health Department!
Blue Ridge, GA – FREE Breast Exams, Free Gifts, Information Packets and delicious Snacks are all part of the Breast Cancer Awareness activities planned at the Fannin County Health Department on Monday, October 23rd! It all happens from 9 AM until 11 AM at the health department, located at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge, GA. Breast cancer prevention education will also be provided and NO appointment is necessary. Save a life and get checked during the Breast Cancer Awareness event at the Fannin County Health Department! For more details, call (706) 632-3023. For more information about breast cancer and prevention of this and other types of cancer, log ontowww.cdc.gov/cancer.
Blue Ridge, GA – The Fannin County Health Department is conducting a HEPATITIS C CLINIC on Monday, July 10th from 9 AM to Noon at their location at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge. The clinic is offering FREE Rapid Hepatitis C Testing. Hepatitis C is 10 times more infectious that HIV and more than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C are Baby Boomers – people born between 1945 and 1965. Most people who are infected with Hepatitis C don’t know it; therefore, getting tested is key! For more information about the upcoming HEPATITIS C CLINIC in Blue Ridge, contact the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023.
THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017
FANNIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSED DUE TO OVERNIGHT STORMS
THE FANNIN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN BLUE RIDGE, GA WILL CLOSE TODAY AT 11 AM DUE TO FALLEN TREES AND OTHER DEBRIS IN ROADWAYS RESULTING FROM OVERNIGHT STORMS. FURTHER UPDATES WILL BE POSTED TO THE WEBSITE AT NGHD.ORG.
Due to the potential for early morning wintry road conditions, the Fannin County Health Department in Blue Ridge will delay opening until 10 AM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. This delayed opening also includes Environmental Health, WIC and Children’s Health services. For further updates, please log onto the North Georgia Health District website at www.nghd.org.