Protect Your Family’s Future by Getting Vaccinated this August

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Protect Your Family’s Future by Getting Vaccinated this August

Georgia Department of Public Health Urges Georgia Residents to Protect Themselves by Getting Immunized during National Immunization Awareness Month

 

NORTH GEORGIA – It’s time to really think about vaccinations.

“August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and it’s when we particularly urge parents to make an appointment to get themselves and their families vaccinated.” said Ashley Deverell, RN, BSN, Immunization Coordinator for the North Georgia Health District, based in Dalton. “Vaccinations are our best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases and are available at all our health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties.”

People of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health, and in August, public health advisors especially focus on vaccinations needed for pregnant women, babies and young children, preteens and teens, adults, and children entering or heading back to school.

Every adult in Georgia (19 years of age and older) should follow the recommended immunization schedule by age and medical condition. Vaccinations protect you and they protect others around you, especially infants and those individuals who are unable to be immunized or who have weakened immune systems. It is always a good idea to have the adult vaccine schedule nearby as a reference and to make sure you are current on your immunizations. This link is to the recommended adult immunization schedule:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-easy-read.pdf.

Vaccines protect families, teens and children by preventing disease. They help avoid expensive therapies and hospitalization needed to treat infectious diseases like influenza and pneumococcal disease. Vaccinations also reduce absences both at school and at work and decrease the spread of illness in the home, workplace and community.

Before starting seventh grade, all students born on or after January 1, 2002 and entering or transferring into seventh grade will need proof of a whooping cough booster shot and a meningococcal shot unless the child has an exemption on file with the school.

And, looking ahead for the 2020-2021 school year, all students entering or transferring into 11th grade will need proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4), unless their first dose was received on or after their 16th birthday. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord. Meningitis can cause shock, coma and death within hours of the first symptoms. To help protect your children and others from meningitis, Georgia law requires students be vaccinated against this disease, unless the child has an exemption.

Some schools, colleges, and universities have policies requiring vaccination against meningococcal disease as a condition of enrollment. Students aged 21 years or younger should have documentation of receipt of a dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine not more than five years before enrollment. If the primary dose was administered before their 16th birthday, a booster dose should be administered before enrollment in college.

“The focus of vaccinations often lies on young children, but it’s just as important for teens, college students and adults to stay current on their vaccinations.” said Shelia Lovett, Director of the Immunization Program of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

This August, protect your family by getting vaccinated. The North Georgia Health District remind adults to check with their local county health department or healthcare provider for their current vaccination recommendations, and parents are urged to check for their children. Safe and effective vaccines are available to protect adults and children alike against potentially life-threatening diseases such as tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, meningococcal disease, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, shingles, measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chickenpox). So, visit your public health department or talk to your health care provider and get immunized today.

For more information on immunization, visit http://dph.georgia.gov/immunization-section.

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Keep Your Preteen Safe – Vaccinate Them Today

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Keep Your Preteen Safe – Vaccinate Them Today
Vaccines Available at County Health Departments in North Georgia

NORTH GEORGIA – Vaccinate your preteen today so they can have a healthy tomorrow.

In an effort to protect every adult and child, the Georgia Department of Public Health recognizes
March 11 – 15, 2019 as Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week. This week serves as a
reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against
vaccine-preventable diseases.

Public health departments located in the North Georgia Health District in Cherokee, Fannin,
Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties encourage parents to make vaccinations a
priority. Vaccines protect children from the dangers of preventable diseases and are available at
health departments in each county. See contact information below.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health Rule (511-2-2), all students born on or
after January 1, 2002, entering or transferring into seventh grade and any “new entrant” into
eighth -12th grades in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster
vaccination (called “Tdap”) AND an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MenACWY). This
law affects all public and private schools including, but not limited to, charter schools,
community schools, juvenile court schools and other alternative school settings (excluding
homeschool).

Vaccines are the best defense we have against serious, preventable and sometimes deadly
contagious diseases. They help avoid expensive therapies and hospitalization needed to treat
infectious diseases like influenza and meningitis. Immunizations also reduce absences both at
school and after school activities and decrease the spread of illness at home, school and the
community.

The CDC currently recommends the following vaccines for preteens and teens:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Meningococcal Disease (MenACWY)

Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness through schools,
health care providers and the media regarding preteen immunizations, particularly Georgia’s
pertussis and meningococcal requirements for incoming seventh-grade students. Speak with your
physician today to find out if your preteen is up-to-date.
For more information, click here.

NO COST Hepatitis A Shots Offered at Health Departments in North Georgia

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NO COST Hepatitis A Shots Offered at Health Departments in North Georgia

North GA – Due to an increase in eastern Alabama, southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia of reported cases of hepatitis A, a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus,
public health departments in north Georgia are providing hepatitis A vaccinations at no out-of-pocket expense. We are especially urging
people who are at greatest risk for becoming infected with hepatitis A, including people who are incarcerated in jails, homeless persons, injecting drug users, and men who have sex with men, to come to a county health department in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens or Whitfield County for a no-cost-to-clients hepatitis A vaccination. Learn more at http://bit.ly/NoCost-Hep-A-Shot_NorthGA.
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Contact information for each county health department in North Georgia:
Cherokee: 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115, (770) 345-7371 or 7545 North Main Street, Woodstock, GA, (770) 928-0133
Fannin: 95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, (706) 632-3023
Gilmer: 28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540, (706) 635-4363
Murray: 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, (706) 695-4585
Pickens: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143, (706) 253-2821
Whitfield: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720, (706) 279-9600

Public Health District and County Health Departments Closed on Tuesday, January 29th

Announcements

For Immediate Release

January 28, 2019

Public Health District and County Health Departments Closed on Tuesday, January 29th

Due to predicted winter weather conditions, North Georgia Health District 1-2, based in Dalton, and Health Departments and public health services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties will be CLOSED on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. All further updates will be provided and posted to our website at www.nghd.org and on our social media sites at facebook.com/NGaHealthtwitter.com/NGAHealthDist,instagram.com/northgahealth.

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July Public Health Inspection Scores

Health
  • REID RIDGE LODGE

  • 30 OVERVIEW DR BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-31-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • DOUGLAS INN & SUITES POOL

  • 1192 WINDY RIDGE BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • CHINA I

  • 4295 OLD HWY 76 SUITE A BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 80
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • TACO BELL

  • 5475 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • WENDY’S

  • 53 JOSH HALL RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-27-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • 224 WEST

  • 224 W MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-25-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • CAST & BLAST INN

  • 494 EAST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-24-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • ANGELINA’S GOURMET MARKET & DELI

  • 3640 EAST FIRST ST STE 205 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-23-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • THE BLUE RIDGE FRY SHOP

  • 560 E MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number: (706) 258-2867
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BLUE RIDGE MOTORSPORTS PARK

  • 2252 SUGAR CREEK RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • EL MANZANILLO

  • 5679 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • JOHN K. DALY JR.

  • 136 LINDSEY LN BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-20-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BLUE RIDGE CITY POOL

  • 350 GRAY ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 98
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-17-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • DAIRY QUEEN GRILL AND CHILL

  • 380 PROGRESS CIR BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • ZAXBY’S

  • 24 PROGRESS CIR BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • STARBUCKS (INGLES MARKETS)

  • 5679 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BRGA TENANT VENTURE, LLC

  • 1600 BALLEWTOWN RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • WHISPERING PINES CAMPGROUND POOL

  • 290 WHISPERING PINES RD MORGANTON, GA 30560
  • Phone Number: (706) 374-6494
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-12-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • MUSTARD SEED TRADING COMPANY

  • 588 MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-11-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • FANNIN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER

  • 580 WINDING DRIVE BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number: (706) 946-1130
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-10-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • DOMINO’S PIZZA

  • 4295 OLD HWY 76 Suite E BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • SUBWAY-BLUE RIDGE

  • 2800 SCENIC DR STE 10 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 92
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • CHESTER BRUNNENMEYER’S BAR & GRILL

  • 733 EAST MAIN ST STE A BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • CARROLL’S BARBEQUE

  • 39 LANCE ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number: (706) 946-1126
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • HEALTHY ME

  • 5425 APPALACHIAN HWY STE 9 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-06-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • AMERICA’S BEST VALUE INN

  • 4970 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 07-05-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024

June Public Health Inspection Scores

Health
  • HARVEST ON MAIN

  • 576 EAST MAIN ST STE 1 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-29-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • SWAN DRIVE-IN

  • 651 SUMMIT ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-28-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BOAT DOCK BAR & GRILL

  • 335 MARINA DR BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 95
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-25-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • CHINA I

  • 4295 OLD HWY 76 SUITE A BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 78
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-22-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • THE LAST STOP BAR & GRILL

  • 500 EAST MAIN ST STE 105 BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 85
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-22-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • TOCCOA RIVERSIDE RESTAURANT

  • 8055 ASKA RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-22-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • FIGHTINGTOWN TAVERN

  • 511 EAST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number: (404) 782-1609
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-22-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BLUE RIDGE MINERAL SPRINGS RV PARK

  • 803 MINERAL SPRINGS RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-19-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • CIRCLE J RESTAURANT

  • 4004 EAST FIRST ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-15-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • PAT’S KOUNTRY KITCHEN

  • 1256 BLUE RIDGE DR MC CAYSVILLE, GA 30555
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-15-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • THE VILLAGE RESTAURANT

  • 4131 EAST FIRST ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 87
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-15-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • RIVERVIEW BEANERY

  • 32 TOCCOA AVE MC CAYSVILLE, GA 30555
  • Phone Number: (352) 391-2222
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 97
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-15-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • MORGANTON POINT BED AND BREAKFAST INN

  • 77 LAKESHORE CIR MORGANTON, GA 30560
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-13-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BLUE RIDGE MINERAL SPRINGS POOL

  • 803 MINERAL SPRINGS RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-12-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • FANNIN COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER

  • 580 WINDING DRIVE BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number: (706) 946-1130
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-12-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • FOX MOUNTAIN CAMP AND ARTIST RETREAT

  • 350 BLACK ANKLE WAY CHERRYLOG, GA 30522
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: TA
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-12-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • GREAT EATS DELI & BAKERY

  • 611 EAST MAIN ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-11-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • MCDONALD’S

  • 10141 APPALACHIAN BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 94
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-08-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • MONTE ALBAN RESTAURANTE MEXICANO

  • 5004 APPALACHIAN HWY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 90
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-08-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • COHUTTA COVE MINI GOLF, LLC

  • 64 DUNBARTON FARM RD BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-08-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • KENNY’S PIZZA & SUBS

  • 64 TOCCOA AVE MC CAYSVILLE, GA 30555
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 91
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-08-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • DOUGLAS INN & SUITES POOL

  • 1192 WINDY RIDGE BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 96
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-07-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • BLUE RIDGE CITY POOL

  • 350 GRAY ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: SP
  • Last Inspection Score: 94
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-04-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • PASTA MAMA, LLC DBA MASSERIA

  • 67 ROBERTS WAY BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 99
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
  • MYSTIC MOUNTAIN PIZZA

  • 4118 EAST FIRST ST BLUE RIDGE, GA 30513
  • Phone Number:
  • Permit Type: FS
  • Last Inspection Score: 100
  • Last Inspection Date: 06-01-2018
  • For More Information Call: (706) 632-3024
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