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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 […]

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) […]

Talking Turkey: Tips to safely prepare your holiday meals

VALDOSTA ­– The holiday season is just around the corner and this Thanksgiving the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to make sure you and your family are protected from food borne illnesses. Turkey will take the spotlight for most families this Thanksgiving, and whether you fry, bake or smoke your turkey […]

SHD recognizes World AIDS Day 2019

VALDOSTA – World AIDS Day is a global health event held annually on December 1. The event offers an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate those who have died. In recognition of World AIDS Day 2019, the Georgia Department of […]

DPH Identifies Second Vaping-Related Death

GA Cases of Vaping-Associated Lung Injury Continue to Increase ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has identified the state’s second death from a vaping-associated illness. The death did not occur within and the patient was not a resident of the South Health District. The patient had a history of nicotine vaping, but […]

Staying safe in extreme summer heat

The summer heat is blazing across South Georgia. With the heat comes health risks and South Health District wants to encourage residents to take the proper precautions to avoid heat related illnesses. There are two types of heat related illness: heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to regulate […]

National HIV testing day events planned

VALDOSTA – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV. Of those 1.1 million, approximately one in eight of them don’t know they have it. June 27 is recognized annually as National HIV Testing Day, a day dedicated to encouraging people to get tested […]