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SHD hosts FREE Mind and Body Wellness Health Fair

Mind & Body Wellness Health Fair: Reducing the Risk of Dementia, Type 2 Diabetes, and High Blood Pressure Free blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol screenings and weight/BMI checks Registration: Registration is required to attend: Register online or call 229-333-5290 Event is free to attend Seating is limited! Location: South Health District Office 325 W […]

Georgia Counties Share Car Seat Mini Grant

Buckle Up Right, Every Trip, Every Time ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH), Injury Prevention Program, Child Occupant Safety Project, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of the Child Passenger Safety Mini-Grant. The Child Passenger Safety Mini-Grant program helps county health departments and their community partners reduce the number of injuries and […]

Sick? Stay home!

Children and adults should stay home when sick to prevent flu spread Flu season typically runs from October to May and peaks from December to February. That means South Georgia residents are now at peak risk for contracting and spreading the flu. The symptoms of the flu are: Fever Muscles aches and fatigue Headache Cough […]

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical Health Awareness Month is recognized nationwide in January. This January, public health officials want you to know there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. All women are at risk for cervical cancer and most cases of cervical cancer are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV can be passed from one person […]

Public health offering free well testing following sewage spill

VALDOSTA – Following the 7.5-million-gallon sewage spill next to Sugar Creek earlier this month, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District will be providing free private well testing to residents along the Withlacoochee River in Lowndes and Brooks County. The testing performed by the health department checks for E. coli and coliform bacteria. […]

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Widespread Flu in Georgia

Protect Yourself and Prevent the Spread of Flu ATLANTA –  If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer. Flu is widespread throughout Georgia. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that so far this season there have been at least 2.6 million flu-related illnesses and 1,300 […]

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Free tetanus, hepatitis A vaccines offered in wake of storm

IRWIN, BEN HILL AND TURNER COUNTY, Ga. – The Irwin, Ben Hill and Turner County Health Departments are offering free tetanus and hepatitis A vaccinations for all responders and volunteers cleaning up debris from Tuesday’s severe weather. The CDC recommends all responders receive a tetanus booster if they have not been vaccinated for tetanus during […]

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Baby LUV/PAT: Supporting whole family serves baby best

VALDOSTA – Raising a baby takes a village. Now South Health District’s Baby LUV/Parents As Teachers (PAT) Healthy Start Program can be part of that village for more families. Baby LUV was created in 2008 due to the high infant mortality rate in Lowndes County. In 2018, it became the Baby LUV/PAT Program focusing on […]

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Stand Strong Against The Flu

Georgia Department of Public Health promotes yearly flu vaccine National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 1-7, 2019 VALDOSTA – December means plenty of holiday parties and family gatherings; don’t let the flu hold you back from the festivities this season. National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 1-7 and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) […]

Bewley receives Community Preparedness Leadership Award

Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District’s Emergency Preparedness Director Lauren Bewley received the Michael Terwilliger Community Preparedness Leadership Award on November 15. The award is named for Michael Terwilliger who served as South Health District’s Emergency Coordinator from 2002 to 2013. Mike was a staunch believer in developing community partnerships as a successful […]

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