Northwest Georgia health departments now offering flu vaccine

Now is a good time for you and your loved ones to consider getting vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. Get your flu vaccine as soon as it is available each year. There’s plenty of it available in your community right now, including at your local county health department.

Two West Nile cases, one death confirmed in Northwest Georgia

Rome, GA: Public health officials have confirmed two cases of West Nile virus (WNV), including one West Nile-related death, in Northwest Georgia and are urging the public to take precautions to prevent the mosquito-borne disease.

Are your immunizations current?

Rome, GA: When was the last time you checked to make sure your vaccinations were current? The Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District wants to remind Georgians that August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).

Public Health on high alert for Zika as mosquito season arrives.

Public health officials in Northwest Georgia are ramping up their prevention efforts and urging area residents to help control local mosquito populations by tipping or tossing away any containers in their yards that can hold water, thereby eliminating potential breeding areas.

Health departments offer free hereditary breast-and-ovarian cancer screening

Rome, GA: Women visiting northwest Georgia health departments for health services ranging from family planning to routine gynecological exams can now also receive free hereditary breast-and-ovarian cancer (HBOC) screening. This new service, available in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker counties, provides an accurate assessment of personal risk for developing the two cancers, education regarding availability of genetic testing to confirm the risk, and a plan for follow-up and preventive care.

Teen STDs are preventable, treatable

Rome, GA: “Nationally, about 40% of teens are sexually active by the age of 19. Of those, one in four has at least one STD. We might not be able to imagine our child in a sexual relationship,” says Melissa Hunter, MPH, epidemiology program director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District “and yet our kids do have sexual lives, and those lives are putting them at risk for diseases that are currently on the rise — diseases we can help prevent and treat.”

New Health Director to Lead Northwest Health District

Rome, Georgia: Unini Odama, M.D., MPH, has been named health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome.

Catering and home-based food businesses must have food-service permit

Rome, GA: “Catering and home-based food businesses need a food-service permit to prepare and serve food to private parties and events.” That’s the message Tim Allee, Environmental Health Director for the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest Health District, wants to impart to northwest Georgia citizens who operate or might operate this type of business.

Haralson County Board of Health Meeting

Meeting at Higgins General Hospital.  Lunch at 12:30.

Don’t Wait, It’s Time to Vaccinate

Rome, GA: The holidays are a wonderful and busy time of the year. Don’t let the flu virus keep you away from friends and family. National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is Dec. 4-10, and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest Health District encourages all Georgians 6 months of age and older to get a yearly flu vaccine.