Annual Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic in Blue Ridge

Community, Health

Wednesday, September 26th!

Blue RidgeGA – 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 impacts of sexually transmitted diseases highlighted during STD Awareness Month

Health, Press Release

DALTON, Ga. – Nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur in the United States every year, costing the American healthcare system nearly $16 billion in direct medical costs alone, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

America’s youth shoulder a substantial burden of these infections. CDC estimates that half of all new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the country occur among young men and women aged 15 to 24.

Sherry Gregory, Infectious Disease supervisor for North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health, said, “April is STD Awareness Month, so we’re placing a special emphasis on how to prevent STDs and on the importance of getting tested and treated for these diseases.”

The high incidence of sexually transmitted infections in the general population suggests that many Americans are at risk of exposure to STDs, underscoring the need for prevention.

Despite this news, there are effective ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat STDs. STD screening and early diagnoses are essential in preventing transmission and the long-term health consequences of STDs.

“We will be conducting STD testing and awareness campaigns at our county health departments and at various community events throughout April, such as HIV and Hepatitis C testing at the Northwest Day Reporting Center in Dalton on April 3 and 17, and at Dalton State College Gilmer Campus in Ellijay on April 19,” said Gregory. “Details about these and other events will be posted to our website at”

Contact information for county health departments in the North Georgia Heath District is:

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, 706-279-9600.

The Living Bridge Center, located at 1200 West Waugh Street in Dalton, is the provider of Ryan White Part B and C in the North Georgia Health District and will also participate in the district-wide STD Awareness Month campaign.

Abstaining from sex, reducing the number of sexual partners, and consistently and correctly using condoms are all effective prevention strategies. Safe, effective vaccines are also available to prevent hepatitis B and some types of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that cause disease and cancer. And for all individuals who are sexually active – particularly young people – STI screening and prompt treatment, if infected, are critical to protect a person’s health and prevent transmission to others.

More information about STDs is available at all the above county health departments in north Georgia and on the CDC website at


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 Health Department receives Car Seat Mini-Grant


BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Health Department, along with other county health departments across north Georgia, has been awarded 2018 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program, according to Jennifer King, public information officer for the North Georgia Health District.

The purpose of the grant is to enable county health departments to provide financially eligible families with car seats and education on proper use.

“This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles,” King said in a press release. “Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. In Georgia alone, an estimated 344 children involved in crashes have been saved from serious injury or death since 2007 from the use of the proper use car seats or booster seats provided through the mini-grant, King added.

“The Car Seat Mini-Grant helps us meet the responsibility of keeping our children safe here in North Georgia,” Marie Smith, nursing director for the North Georgia Health District, said. “It provides us the opportunity to work with partners in each of our communities to help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”

Over 130 counties across Georgia benefited from the Car Seat Mini-Grant. For the counties receiving the mini-grant, the respective health departments of those counties along with partnering agencies offer education to parents on proper installation and use of car seats and booster seats.

“Each county health department receives up to six convertible car seats and four high-back booster seats to have on stock each month to supply to eligible families,” King explained, “so, as the seats are given away, the health department can order more seats to maintain their monthly inventory. Health department staff demonstrates proper installation of the seats when they provide them to the families. They also do free car seat checks for people who already have child car seats to make sure the seats are appropriately safe and are properly installed.”


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.

Free Blood Pressure Screening at Fannin County Health Department

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