District 4 Public Health News

Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Survey

The Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Survey was created through Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s (CADCA) Medications for Opioid Use Disorder Project. Our partners at Drug Free Fayette/Fayette Factor are members of CADCA and have asked District 4 Public Health’s assistance in disseminating this survey across the 12 counties we serve. Drug Free Fayette/Fayette Factor aims to...

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High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health Concerns

NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:June 14, 20 High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health ConcernsStay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged...

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Back-to-School Immunizations and Screenings

District 4 Public Health urges parents and caregivers not to wait in getting their children’s vaccinations and health screenings for the new school year starting in early August. State law requires children attending a nursery, childcare, pre-kindergarten, Head Start program, or private or public school (kindergarten –12th grade) to have three key documents on file when enrolling in a Georgia...

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Two foxes in Carroll County Test Positive for Rabies after Biting Two Residents

June 1, 2022 NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Georgia Public Health Laboratory has confirmed that two foxes from Carroll County recently tested positive for rabies. The Carroll County Animal Control Office retrieved both foxes within 0.2 miles from each other in the vicinity of Highway 78, Villa Rica, and Old Villa Rica Road, Temple, after two separate incidents involving two residents of...

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COVID-19 Registration Update

PLEASE NOTE: The online system for appointment scheduling and pre-registration for COVID-19 PCR testing is once again available as of Monday, May 23, 2022. May 19, 2022FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE District 4 Public Health continues to offer free COVID-19 PCR testing in each of the 12 counties it serves. While individuals can normally go online to schedule a testing appointment and to pre-register, the...

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Fox in Lamar County Tests Positive for Rabies

May 18, 2022 NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Georgia Public Health Laboratory (GPHL) has confirmed that a fox from Lamar County recently tested positive for rabies. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office retrieved the fox in the vicinity of Grape Creek Road and Martin Dairy Road after an incident involving two residents of Lamar County. The Lamar County Environmental Health Office sent the fox...

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DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage

MAY 18, 2022 NEWS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:May 17, 2022 DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents unable to find baby formula typically used for their child to contact their pediatrician about appropriate nutritional and safe feeding alternatives. Georgia WIC is working...

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, April 30 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Please join us in clearing out your homes of unneeded medicine, and bringing it to a local collection site near you – visit www.DEATakeBack.com to find a Take Back location. For people unable to make it to a collection site, health departments in District 4 now carry Deterra drug deactivation and disposal pouches. The Deterra® Drug...

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Powdered Infant Formula Recall Expanded 03-02-2022

Five Reports of Bacterial Infection in Infants Atlanta – A recall of powdered infant formula is expanding to include a specialty formula for infants with certain dietary needs. Abbott Nutrition is now recalling one lot of Similac PM 60/40 in addition to select lots of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare formulas manufactured in its Sturgis, Michigan, facility. The products are sold throughout the...

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Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use 01/27/2022

Two COVID-19 Treatments No Longer Authorized for Use Limited Efficacy Against Omicron Atlanta – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that two monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments for COVID-19 are currently not authorized for use due to their limited effectiveness against the Omicron variant. Omicron is still circulating widely in the U.S., including Georgia. Monoclonal...

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