District 4 Public Health News

Spalding County Health Department offers drive-thru clinic for 2022 flu season

The Spalding County Health Department will offer its annual drive-thru flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 20, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone over 13 years old who lives in Spalding County is eligible to receive a free flu shot during the clinic while supplies last. To find the entrance to the drive-thru clinic using GPS, please use 898 E. Solomon St., Griffin, as the address. All vehicles will...

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COVID bivalent boosters, flu shots available at health departments

September 23, 2022 Contact: Natalie Shelton (706) 302-6707   County health departments offer new COVID-19 bivalent boosters and flu shots CDC recommends getting flu vaccine no later than Halloween Updated COVID-19 booster vaccines are now available at health departments in District 4 Public Health, and residents also can receive a flu shot when they get the new booster. District 4 health...

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County health departments expand eligibility for monkeypox vaccine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Natalie Shelton (706) 302-6707 County health departments in District 4 Public Health have expanded the eligibility criteria for who can get vaccinated for protection against monkeypox. Following CDC recommendations, the Georgia Department of Health is prioritizing the vaccine for individuals 18 and older—of any gender identity or sexual orientation—who in the last...

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New Bivalent Covid-19 Boosters Offer Enhanced Protection

September 7, 2022 Contact: Natalie Shelton, Media Relations. natalie.shelton@dph.ga.gov Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will begin offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster this week, as shipments of the vaccine arrive in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend the bivalent...

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Lamar County Health Department Debuts COVID-19 PCR Testing Kiosk

NEWS RELEASE August 24, 2022 Contact: Natalie Shelton   The Lamar County Health Department now offers around-the-clock access to COVID-19 PCR testing with no out-of-pocket costs at a new kiosk located outside the front entrance at 100 Academy Drive in Barnesville. The new self-service kiosk is one of 18 provided by the Georgia Department of Public...

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Centralized Online Scheduling Tool for Monkeypox Vaccine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                  August 15, 2022 ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has launched an online, centralized scheduling tool and helpline to locate and make appointments for monkeypox vaccine. To schedule a monkeypox vaccine visit dph.ga.gov/monkeypox and click on the Learn More tab under “Find a Vaccine and Register for an...

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Rabies cases up to five in Carroll County

The Georgia Public Health Laboratory has confirmed a bat in Bowdon and a fox in Roopville have tested positive for rabies. Both incidences involved encounters with a human and a dog. The incident in Bowdon occurred when a bat was captured in a home on August 8 in the vicinity of Sally Ann Circle. The next day, a fox attacked a woman and her dog while they were walking on Glenloch Road. She is...

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Monkeypox Transmission in Public Settings

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                   Aug. 9, 2022                                                                  Monkeypox Transmission in Public SettingsHow to Prevent Spread of Infection ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor the current outbreak of monkeypox in the state. As of today, there are 625...

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DPH Debuts Henry County Kiosk for COVID-19 PCR Testing

August 3, 202 ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering COVID-19 PCR testing at kiosks placed in communities across Georgia, including one located at the Henry County Public Safety Annex building at 108 S. Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough. In most locations, these kiosks offer access to COVID-19 testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After completing a brief...

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Monkeypox Vaccine Availability in Georgia

July 15, 2022 NEWS RELEASE Contact:Nancy Nydam Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has begun receiving limited doses of monkeypox vaccine. To date, Georgia has received approximately 3,000 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine – enough for 1,500 individuals since this is a two-dose vaccine series. The vaccine has been distributed upon request to health departments and for vaccination...

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