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    Widespread Flu in Georgia

    Influenza (also known as “flu”) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and is widespread in Georgia with many more weeks of activity. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

    While flu vaccination is still recommended for people who have not yet gotten vaccinated, antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense that can be used to treat flu illness. CDC recommends the use of antiviral drugs as early as possible to treat flu illness in people who are very sick with flu and those at high risk of serious flu complications. Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high-risk health condition or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.

    The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses.
    How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
    Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

    What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
    The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

    When caring for people who have the flu:
    • Avoid being face to face with the sick person. If possible, it is best to spend the least amount of time in close contact with a sick person.
    • When holding sick children, place their chin on your shoulder so they will not cough in your face.
    • Wash your hands often and the right way. (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry)
    • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Make sure to wash your hands after touching the sick person. Wash after handling their tissues or laundry.

    What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness?
    In children
    • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
    • Bluish skin color
    • Not drinking enough fluids
    • Not waking up or not interacting
    • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
    • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
    • Fever with a rash
    In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
    • Being unable to eat
    • Has trouble breathing
    • Has no tears when crying
    • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal
    In adults
    • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
    • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
    • Sudden dizziness
    • Confusion
    • Severe or persistent vomiting
    • Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

    You can also take every day preventive steps to stop the spread of germs:

    • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
    • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
    • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.)
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.

    Learn more about influenza here.

    Flu Vaccine Is Available Without An Appointment

    89th Annual GPHA Meeting & Conference

    Georgia Public Health Association 89th Annual Meeting & Conference

    April 4th-6th, 2018

    Jekyll Island Convention Center
    75 Beachview Dr N
    Jekyll Island, Georgia  31527

    Find out more and register here.

    Board of Health Update/Training

    District 4 Public Health

    Board of Health Update/Training

    February 2nd, 2018

    11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

    Newnan Centre

    1515 Lower Fayetteville Road

    Newnan, GA 30265


    Please RSVP or send any questions to

    Debbi Heard at  debbi.heard@dph.ga.gov

    Thank You

    Thank District 4 Public Health, WIC (Women, Infant & Children) and all involved staff. Here is a brief message from the Georgia Gateway Governance Council.

    After Irma Precautions

    Hurricane/tropical storm Irma is no longer a threat but recovering from the storm will take weeks, and even longer in some parts of the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to use extreme caution particularly in the next few days as residents return to their homes, power is restored and damage assessments are made.

    Be careful near damaged buildings

    • Do not return to your home until you are told it is safe to do so.
    • Return during daylight hours, when it is easier to avoid hazards, particularly if the electricity is off.
    • Do not enter your home if you are unsure of structural integrity.
    • Leave immediately if you hear shifting or unusual noises.
    • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, notify emergency authorities or the gas company immediately and leave the area.

    Stay away from power lines

    • Stay clear of fallen power lines – be particularly careful of power lines that may be hidden in fallen trees and branches.
    • Watch out for power lines dangling overhead.
    • Report downed power lines to emergency authorities or the power company immediately.

    Avoid floodwater

    • Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
    • Don’t drive through floodwater – it may be deeper than you think.
    • Keep in mind that floodwater often carries germs. If you touch it, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water. If you don’t have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer.

    Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

    • Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
    • Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors and windows.
    • Install battery-operated or battery backup CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home

    Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat

    • When in doubt, throw it out.
    • Throw away food that has an unusual odor, color or texture.
    • Throw away perishable foods (including meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) in your refrigerator when the power has been off for four hours or more.
    • Thawed food that contains ice crystals can be refrozen or cooked. Freezers, if left unopened and full, will keep food safe for 48 hours (24 hours if half full).
    • Throw away canned foods that are bulging, opened or damaged.

    Check water quality

    • Listen and follow all drinking water advisories and use bottled water when in doubt.
    • Do not drink water from private wells that have/may have been flooded.
    • Disinfect all private wells that may have been flooded before drinking water.

    Protect yourself from animals and pests

    • Floods can bring mosquitoes that carry disease – use insect repellent with DEET or Picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus. Follow label directions.
    • Wear long sleeves, pants and socks when you’re outside.
    • Stay away from wild or stray animals after a storm – call 911 or your local public health department to report them.

    Prevent mold

    • Protect yourself by wearing gloves, masks and goggles.
    • Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings and paper products) within 24-48 hours.
    • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or floodwaters within 24-48 hours.
    • Ventilate by opening all doors and windows.
    • Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces (such as flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures) with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.

    For more safety information click here.


    Report Damage

    You can now self-report basic information about damage to homes, businesses, and public facilities by clicking here​. This site can be accessed on mobile or desktop.

    Troup County Teen Maze 2017  

    October 25 – October 26

    8 am.-2 pm.

    Troup County Teen Maze

    900 Dallis St, STE A

    LaGrange, GA 30240

    TEEN MAZE is a community-wide event where Troup County 9th graders get to experience REAL consequences to REAL life situations they may face.

    Volunteers Needed! 

    You can make a difference.  Download Forms:

    Volunteer Protocol 2017

    Volunteer Application Form 2017

    Background Check

    Please return forms via email, fax, or mail to:

    TiShari McFarland, MPH

    Troup County Health Department

    900 Dallis Street, Suite A

    LaGrange, GA 30240

    email: troupteenmaze@gmail.com

    fax: 706-845-4284

    What is Meningitis?

    Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. A bacterial or viral infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord usually causes the swelling. However, injuries, cancer certain drugs and other types of infections also can cause meningitis. It is important to know the specific cause of meningitis because the treatment differs depending on the cause.


    Signs and Symptoms

    Meningitis symptoms include sudden onset of fever, headache, and stiff neck. There are often other symptoms, such as

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Photophobia (increased sensitivity to light)
    • Altered mental status (confusion)

    In newborns and babies, the meningitis symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness may be absent or difficult to notice. The baby may be irritable, vomit, feed poorly, or appear to be slow or inactive. In young babies, doctors may also look for a bulging fontanel (soft spot on infant’s head) or abnormal reflexes. If you think you, your baby or child has any of these symptoms, call the doctor right away.

    For  more information:


    District 4 Public Health Attends the ACPM Conference 2017