South Health District

District News Release

National Infant Immunization Week observed April 27-May 4

VALDOSTA – Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines not only help protect our children, but can also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 27 […]

E. coli illness in Georgia linked to multistate outbreak

DPH urges public to take precautions to avoid infection ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed 17 cases of E. coli O103 infection in Georgia. Because this is an ongoing investigation, the number of cases is expected to increase. These illnesses are […]

Lowndes County horse tests positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

VALDOSTA – A horse in Lowndes County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Public Health officials urge South Georgians to always wear mosquito spray whenever outdoors to guard against mosquito-borne illnesses no matter how early in the season it may seem. “It is crucial to remember that it is never too early for […]

Understanding the importance of vaccinations

Vaccines are constantly being discussed at the national level. These discussions are typically surrounded by statistics and scientific terms that can make things confusing. To clear up some of the confusion surrounding the topic here are some answers to commonly asked questions. What are vaccines and how do they work? The Centers for Disease Control […]

Free wellness clinic offered at Valdosta Mall

VALDOSTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District is offering a free wellness clinic March 23 in partnership with the Valdosta Mall. During the wellness clinic the community will be able to receive free HIV testing, blood pressure checks and body composition analyzing.  Health testing will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon.  Everyone […]

Keep preteens safe, vaccinate today

VALDOSTA – Vaccinations keep preteens safe today so they can have a healthy tomorrow. In an effort to protect every adult and child, local health departments joining the Georgia Department of Public Health in recognizing March 11-15 as Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week. This week serves as a reminder for parents to talk with their […]

National Nutrition Month recognized

Eating healthy and getting active are two of the most crucial steps a person can take for their personal health. During March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes National Nutrition Month which encourages people to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and activity habits. “Making healthy choices is vital all year long,” […]

The Benefits of Exercise for Adults

“Being a healthy adult is directly tied to being physically active and eating nutritiously,” says William Grow, MD, FACP, district health director.

Benefits of Exercise for Children & Adolescents

Childhood and adolescence are critical periods for developing movement skills, learning healthy habits, and establishing a firm foundation for lifelong health and well-being.

Flu Activity High and Widespread in South Georgia

If you have not gotten your flu vaccine for the 2018-2019 flu season, do not delay any longer. Flu activity is higher today than it was at this point last year which was classified as a high severity season across all age groups by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).