Flu shots available at county health departments

Press Release

DALTON, Ga. – Flu Shots are now available at NO COST to residents at public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Healthcare plans will be billed on behalf of clients who have coverage, and there is no charge to anyone who is not under a healthcare plan. No appointment is necessary – “Walk-ins” are welcome. Residents are urged to take advantage of these no-cost to client flu shots while supplies last.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. In fact, the time is crucial. Georgia, along with 48 other U.S. states, is experiencing widespread influenza activity, with 37 flu-related deaths currently reported in Georgia, including four in north Georgia – and those numbers are expected to increase since the flu season has not yet peaked.

The current flu vaccine effectively protects against three of the four influenza virus strains that are circulating.

Locations and phone numbers for the participating north Georgia county health departments are:

  • Cherokee County Health Department: 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115, 770-345-7371 and 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-928-0133;
  • Fannin County Health Department: 95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, 706-632-3023;
  • Gilmer County Health Department: 28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-635-4363;
  • Murray County Health Department: 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, 706-695-4585;
  • Pickens County Health Department: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143, 706-253-2821; and
  • Whitfield County Health Department: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720, 706-226-2621.

Health officials also remind the public that flu is extremely contagious and can spread easily from person to person; therefore, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue or nausea – is urged to stay home during the severest symptoms and for at least 24 hours after fever is gone. More information about preventing the spread of flu, such as frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes, is on the North Georgia Health District website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/938-widespread-flu-in-georgia.html.


Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Fannin County Legislation Amended

Fannin Court House

BLUE RIDGE, GA – After two public readings, the Fannin County Board of Commissioners signed an amendment to local legislation.
The first piece of legislation to be amended will allow the county the option to sell equipment online or at live auctions.

County Chairman Stan Helton explained, “We can sell property online in a competitive auction, which is what is being done more in the marketplace today.”

FetchYourNews, Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Stan Helton, Earl Johnson

Commissioners sign legislation change.

Helton clarified that, “It just gives us that option. It doesn’t mean we have to do it.”

The second piece of legislation amended regards the county budget. As it stood, the Board of Commissioners must vote to pass next year’s budget at the first public meeting held in December.

The recently signed amendment gives commissioners the option of passing the yearly budget before the set December date.

Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Robert Graham was present at the meeting to share that his department, with the help from his Deputy Director, had been awarded a grant from Homeland Security.

The grant, in the amount of $37,750.00, will be used to purchase equipment for the mobile command unit.

Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee questioned, “Will this amount of money take care of what you need for your mobile unit? Will it supply it entirely?”

Graham confirmed that when applying for the grant, a list of equipment had been given, and that the grant will fully fund that list. Graham was pleased that Fannin County had been awarded the grant and stated, “They’re (Homeland Security Grants) hard to come by.”

Along with the good news of being awarded a homeland security grant, Graham also shared that Whitfield County had donated equipment to Fannin County.

FetchYourNews, Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, EMA Director, Robert Graham, Larry Joe Sosebee

EMA Director Robert Graham discusses Homeland Security Grant.

Whitfield recently changed the frequency in which they operate. This change made much of their equipment obsolete. Among the equipment received from Whitfield County was numerous mobile radios, three repeaters, and 39 portable radios.

Graham stated that the equipment donated was “in excess of $20,000 to $25,000” in value.

Chief Land Development Officer Marie Woody gave Commissioners an update on the Scrap Tire Removal Program. The program has been successful, and Woody stated, “We have collected 1,736 scrap tires to this point. The funds are there to extend this program.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the collection program through the month of November and is now allowing for the collection of tractor and large truck tires.

The Board of Commissioners will hold their next public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

You can read more about the Scrap Tire Program extension at “Scrap Tire Removal Program Continues in Fannin County“.


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