August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Rome, GA: August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that Northwest Georgians of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health. “Vaccinations are our best defense against vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Janet Eberhart, immunizations coordinator for the ten-county public health district.

Microblading to be regulated by Public Health effective July 1

Rome, GA: Effective July 1, anyone performing eyebrow microblading, and facilities where the cosmetic procedure is performed, will be regulated under the rules of local county boards of health that the Georgia Department of Public Health uses to regulate body art studios and artists

Public health official urges precaution against insect-borne disease.

“We encourage our residents to get outside and be active,” says Dr. Unini Odama, health director for the Northwest Health District, “but we don’t want the fun to end with a disease that could have been prevented. With warm weather and summer travel rapidly approaching, we are vulnerable to diseases from both ticks and mosquitos. Protecting ourselves from these threats is important.”

Public health director encourages hepatitis risk assessment

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District urges people to assess their risk of having viral hepatitis and find out if they should get tested or vaccinated. District Health Director Dr. Unini Odama encourages people to visit https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/RiskAssessment for a free online assessment developed by the CDC.

E. coli outbreak in Georgia too: Don’t eat romaine lettuce.

Don’t take chances; if you are not sure what romaine lettuce is or what it looks like, do not eat it. If you don’t know where it was grown, do not eat it.

Local STD rates mirror national problem with high-risk 15-24 age group

Dr. Unini Odama, health director for the ten-county Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome, acknowledges “what we see in Northwest Georgia is very similar to what we see nationally. That’s especially true with chlamydia and gonorrhea, the two STDs we see the most.”

#HeartYourKidneys for National Kidney Month

Rome, GA: March is National Kidney Month, and public health officials are urging everyone to give these vital organs a second thought and #HeartYourKidneys. “Kidneys are the unsung workhorses that never get noticed until something goes wrong with them,” says Dr. Unini Odama, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District.

Parents, it’s time to vaccinate your preteen

To help protect every adult and child, the Georgia Department of Public Health established Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week, observed March 12-16, 2018, to serve as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Georgia Department of Public Health Babies Can’t Wait Program Seeks Public Comment

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) Babies Can’t Wait (BCW) program invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Stakeholders, early intervention providers, parents and members of the public are encouraged to comment.

During National Nutrition Month, WIC encourages healthy lifestyles

“Among other services, WIC provides supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk,” explains Northwest Health District WIC Nutrition Services Director Cicely Thomas.