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First Floyd hepatitis A cases confirmed, health department offering free hep A vaccinations

Rome, GA: Public health officials have confirmed four cases of hepatitis A among Floyd County residents and are urging vaccination against the highly contagious liver infection for people most at risk of the vaccine-preventable disease, especially illicit (injection and non-injection) drug users and their close contacts. Officials are also encouraging all persons who work in food-service establishments, such as restaurants and cafeterias, to be vaccinated.

Northwest Georgia Health Departments to provide free hepatitis A vaccine clinics in May

Northwest Georgia Health Departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, and Walker Counties will provide free hepatitis A vaccine to individuals at risk of the highly contagious, highly preventable liver disease every Friday in May. Clinics will be held at each health department on May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, from 8 am to 2 pm.

Three Additional Cases of Measles Confirmed in Georgia

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed three new cases of measles in the metro Atlanta area. The three individuals are all members of one family – none of them were vaccinated. Although the risk of becoming sick is low, DPH is notifying individuals who may have been exposed to the virus and may be at increased risk for developing measles. Including these three additional cases, the statewide total of measles cases in 2019 is six.

Potential Hepatitis A Exposure from Restaurant Worker – Fort Oglethorpe Krystal

Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food handler at a Krystal restaurant, 2560 Lafayette Rd, Fort Oglethorpe, GA…An investigation found that this employee worked at the restaurant while infectious, from March 15 through March 24. We recommend that anyone who consumed food or drink at this restaurant during this time contact their healthcare provider or local health department to determine if a hepatitis A vaccination is needed to prevent the disease.

Potential Hepatitis A Exposure from Restaurant Worker – Chickamauga McDonald’s

The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District officials have confirmed a case of hepatitis A in a food handler at McDonald’s, 106 LaFayette Road, Chickamauga, GA. An investigation found that this employee worked at the restaurant while infectious, from March 4 through March 17…We recommend that anyone who consumed food or drink at this restaurant during this time contact their healthcare provider or local health department to determine if a hepatitis A vaccination is needed to prevent the disease.

Floyd County Health Department now providing PrEP for HIV prevention.

Rome, GA: The Northwest Georgia Floyd County Health Department, located at 16 East 12th Street, Rome, is now offering Pre-exposure prophylaxis for those at high risk of HIV in our PrEP clinic. PrEP provides a great opportunity to substantially reduce the risk of HIV infection in HIV-negative people who are at high risk of contracting HIV.

Public health informs about hepatitis A

An information sheet explaining the disease, describing its symptoms, advising what to do if someone has symptoms, detailing who is at high risk of hepatitis A, and providing preventive information is available for viewing and download/printing on the Northwest Health District website at https://nwgapublichealth.org or at your local county health department.

Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. Get vaccinated now.

Atlanta, GA: Receiving the flu vaccine does not cause the flu. Vaccinations are available at a variety of locations including doctors’ offices, grocery stores, neighborhood clinics, health departments, pharmacies, college health centers, places of employment and schools, to name a few.

Warning: Trendy “nitro” treats may cause injury.

Atlanta, GA: Warning: Trendy “nitro” treats may cause injury. It looks like candy with a vapor emitting from it. It is sometimes sold in shopping malls. When you eat it, it may appear as if you’re blowing smoke. It’s commonly called, “Dragon breath,” “Heaven’s breath,” or “nitro puff.” What is it?

Georgians Urged to Protect Themselves from Mosquito Bites

Atlanta, GA: Georgians are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites, particularly when they are outside this Labor Day weekend. Mosquito season in Georgia typically lasts through October, sometimes longer depending on the weather.