Northwest Georgia Public Health News

  1. Northwest Health District health departments offer shingles and pneumonia vaccines

    August 26, 2015 - 

    Rome, GA: All health departments in the Northwest Health District now offer three vaccines especially recommended for the elderly. One, Zostavax®, helps prevent shingles; the other two, Prevnar® (PCV13) and Pneumovax® (PPSV23), help prevent pneumonia.

  2. August Brings Immunizations Reminder

    August 9, 2015 - 

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s 10-county Northwest Health District reminds Northwest Georgians to stay up-to-date on all immunizations, especially on vaccinations required for school age children.

  3. Three out of four Americans favor raising smoking age to 21, study says. Report predicts big health benefits if we do.

    July 15, 2015 - 

    The tide of public opinion continues to turn against tobacco. A study released July 8, 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control found three out of four American adults — including seven in 10 current cigarette smokers — favor a ban on cigarette sales to people younger than age 21. Setting the minimum age at 21 nationwide, a new report estimates, would result in nearly a quarter-million fewer premature deaths and 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer among people born between 2000 and 2019.

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