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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 […]

Asthma Day Camp returns to Valdosta

VALDOSTA – The Superpuff Saturday Asthma Day Camp returns this May. South Health District’s Children’s Medical Services offers the camp as a fun and free way to educate asthmatic children ages 5-12 and their families about asthma. Admission is free and there will be games, prices, face painting, breakfast and lunch. There will also be […]

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Free Pack-N-Play offered to Safe Sleep Group Connection attendees

VALDOSTA – The Baby LUV/PAT Program is hosting a Safe Sleep Group Connection class on May 30, 2019. The educational event will offer tips on safe sleep practices for babies. Pregnant women in their third trimester or mothers with an infant between one day and 12 months will receive a FREE Pack-n-Play if they RSVP […]

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Echols Environmental Health Program recognized by FDA

VALDOSTA – The Environmental Health Program at Echols County Health Department was recognized for their outstanding commitment to continuous improvement. The program received a Certificate of Achievement from the Food and Drug Administration for completing a self-assessment of the FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. Dan Reddit, FDA Retail Food Specialist, presented the […]

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Start “Sporting Healthy Habits” at Kindergarten Roundup

STATENVILLE – Echols County Health Department encourages all up and coming kindergartners to start “Sporting Healthy Habits.” The health department will be holding a “Sporting Healthy Habits” kindergarten roundup on April 10-11. They will be offering Ear, Eye, Dental & Nutrition Screenings for $42. That price includes immunization records. Immunization records alone are $10. Both […]

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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 […]