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Now is Time to Schedule Breast Cancer Screenings

South Health District recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month VALDOSTA – Nearly 10 million cancer screenings were missed in the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, is the time to reschedule your mammogram appointment. Breast cancer remains the second most common cancer among women in the United States according […]

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Don’t Let The Mosquitos Bite

VALDOSTA – Public Health officials want to remind South Georgians the importance of preventing mosquito bites. When it comes to mosquito-borne illnesses, preventing bites and not allowing outdoor areas to become a mosquito breeding hotspot are key. The first step that individuals can take is to always wear mosquito spray whenever outdoors. Make sure to […]

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New Bivalent Covid-19 Boosters Offer Enhanced Protection

VALDOSTA – All South Health District Health Departments will begin offering Moderna/Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent boosters on September 8, 2022. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend the bivalent booster manufactured by Pfizer for individuals aged 12 and older; and they recommend the bivalent booster by […]

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Ben Hill County Health Department holding drive thru flu shot event

FITZGERALD –Ben Hill County Health Department will hold a drive thru flu clinic on Friday, September 9. The event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Ben Hill County Health Department, 251 Appomattox Road in Fitzgerald.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone 6 months of age […]

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CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is streamlining its COVID-19 guidance to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus. COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with […]

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Monkeypox Transmission in Public Settings

How to Prevent Spread of Infection ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor the current outbreak of monkeypox in the state. As of today, there are 625 confirmed monkeypox cases in Georgia. Testing and vaccination are available in health districts throughout the state; however, vaccine supplies from the federal government […]

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Public Health Receives Monkeypox Vaccine

Limited Supply; Available For Specific Populations The Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District has received a limited supply of JYNNEOS Monkeypox Vaccine and will begin taking appointments on Friday, August 5. Vaccinations will be available by appointment only. Due to the limited supply of vaccine, appointments will only be offered at Lowndes County […]

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Monkeypox Vaccine & Testing

Update 8/2/22: Jynneos vaccine (Monkeypox vaccine) will be available only at Lowndes County Health Department beginning Friday, August 5, 2022 due to a limited supply. At this time, our health departments do not have general Jynneos (Monkeypox vaccine) availability. Vaccine supply is extremely limited across the United States currently. Testing for Monkeypox is available in […]

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Health Department Hosts “Back-To-School Bash”

Beat The Rush, Schedule An Appointment Today VALDOSTA – Lowndes County Health Department encourages parents to beat the end of summer rush and get their child’s back to school vaccinations. To make the process easier for parents, the health department will be hosting its annual “Back to School Bash” on July 25-29 and August 1-5. […]

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COVID Cases On The Rise

VALDOSTA – COVID cases are rising across the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District and public health wants to remind our residents how important it is to remain vigilant. From June 2, 2022 to July 6, 2022 there were 1,900 new cases reported across the 10 counties served by SHD (Ben Hill, Berrien, […]

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