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Public Health Offering Additional Vaccine Dose

Available for Moderately or Severely Immunocompromised VALDOSTA – Beginning Monday, August 23, individuals who are moderately or severely immunocompromised are eligible to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccination in local health departments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that certain patients with weakened immune systems receive an additional dose of the […]

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South Health District Sees 4,195 New Cases in 14 Days

VALDOSTA – New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise with many counties seeing daily case increases comparable to, and for some even higher than, those seen during the first COVID-19 wave in 2020. The Georgia Department of Public Health reports that, from August 7-August 13, South Health District reported 2,422 new COVID-19 laboratory […]

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New CDC Data: COVID-19 Vaccination Safe for Pregnant People

CDC Recommends All Pregnant People or People Thinking About Becoming Pregnant Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 CDC has released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people and is recommending all people 12 years of age and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. “CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking […]

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Schools Learn to “Stop The Bleed”

VALDOSTA – Lowndes County Emergency Management Agency in partnership with The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District provided “Stop the Bleed” training at two Lowndes County private schools this week.  The trainings, held at Crossroads Baptist and St. John’s Catholic School, were led by Lowndes County Emergency Management Director Ashley Tye. “Stop the […]

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NOTICE: COVID Mitigation Strategies Resume At SHD Clinics

Due to the increase in new COVID-19 cases, South Health District clinics will be implementing mitigation strategies including: Masks will be required to enter any of our lobbies/clinic settings (applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people). Health screenings will be conducted before entering any of our lobbies/clinic settings. Anyone showing ANY signs of illness (cough, […]

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COVID Cases On The Rise

VALDOSTA – With COVID cases on the rise across our region, the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to encourage all eligible individuals who have not been vaccinated to do so. Within the 10 counties that South Health District serves (Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner) […]

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Lowndes Health Department Hosting “Back-To-School Bash”

Don’t Wait to Schedule Immunization Appointments VALDOSTA – Lowndes County Health Department encourages parents to not wait until the last minute to get their child’s back to school vaccinations. To make the process easier for parents, the health department will be hosting a “Back to School Bash” on July 12-16 and July 26-30.   The […]

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EEE Detected in Lowndes County

Mosquito Bite Prevention Key to Preventing Illness VALDOSTA – A mosquito pool in Lowndes County has tested positive for EEE and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to remind all South Georgians to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses. The presence of mosquito-borne illnesses within an area can be identified through […]

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MCV4 Vaccine Required For 2021-2022 School Year

VALDOSTA – Before starting the 2021-2022 school year, all students entering or transferring into 11th grade will need proof of a meningococcal booster shot (MCV4), unless their first dose was received on or after their 16th birthday. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord. It is spread […]

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REMINDER: MCV4 Requirement For 11th Graders

Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain […]

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