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Flu activity

The flu season in Georgia begins in early October and can run as late in the year as May. The Georgia Department of Public Health recommends these practical steps to stay influenza-free during the fall and winter.

  • Get the flu vaccine. Everyone six months-old and over should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • 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.

Find everything you need from flu symptoms to vaccine options and safety.

Protect Against West Nile Virus

The most effective way to protect against West Nile Virus infection and all mosquito-borne diseases, is to prevent mosquito bites. Observe the “Five D’s of Prevention” during your outdoor activities:

  • Dusk/Dawn – Mosquitoes carrying WNV usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.
  • Dress – Wear loose-fitting, long sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
  • DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites.
  • Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water because they are excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Doors – Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash – that usually develop three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The elderly, those with compromised immune systems, or those with other underlying medical conditions are at greater risk for complications from the disease.

Anyone with questions about West Nile Virus should speak to their healthcare provider or call their local county health department, environmental health office.
More information about mosquito-borne illnesses and mosquito repellents can be found here.

Finalized CHIP

The CHIP has been finalized! Please take a look and see what you, as a community, have accomplished!

We would like to encourage you to take a look at the objectives. We will soon begin work on these tasks, and we will keep you updated on the progress.

If you feel that you would like to contribute in some way, please contact Alexus Mack – alexus.mack@dph.ga.gov

Scanned Signed CHIP

Final CHIP Community Coalition Meeting!!

Please RSVP using the Survey Monkey link located on this flyer OR you can email Susie Hammock at the email address on the flyer. Even if you have never attended a CHIP meeting before, we still welcome you to attend this meeting.


Due to the overwhelming response from the community, we have outgrown the space that we had originally planned to use at the Cancer Treatment Center in Newnan. This is a great thing! So, we are moving the meeting to the Newnan Centre, located at: 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd, Newnan, GA 30265

We look forward to seeing you all there, and please spread the word about the location change!

Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Community Meeting

Please join us for this very important CHIP Meeting at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America building on April 20th from 10am-2pm. In this meeting, we will look over the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and determine what the TOP 3 PRIORITIES ARE FOR DISTRICT 4 FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS. If you want your opinion to be heard, you must attend this meeting. This is a rare opportunity for ALL community members to weigh in on the priorities of the district.

Please send your “yes” RSVP to susie.hammock@dph.ga.gov

Click the link below to view the flyer


Community Health Assessment (CHA)

The Community Health Assessment (CHA) for District 4 Public Health involved a process of collecting, analyzing, and using data to educate and mobilize communities, develop priorities, garner resources, and plan actions to improve the public’s health. It involved the systematic collection and analysis of data to provide the health department and the community it serves with a sound basis for decision-making. This CHA was conducted in partnership with other organizations in the community and included collecting data on health status, health needs, community assets, resources, and other determinants of health status.

This Community Health Assessment will be posted for public comment for 30 days before it is finalized. We welcome any and all public comments and/or questions regarding the data in the assessment.


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email us: d4cha.comments@dph.ga.gov

Meriwether County Award Dinner







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.

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