South Health District


Understanding Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A outbreaks are on the rise across the southeast and the Georgia Department of Public Health’s South Health District wants to make sure our communities understand the virus and how it spreads. While South Health District, which includes Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Tift and Turner Counties, has only seen […]

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Protect your future, get immunized this August

Public Health advocates getting vaccinated during National Immunization Awareness Month VALDOSTA – The month of August is about bringing awareness to immunizations, and the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) wants Georgians to think ahead and get the required school vaccinations. Each week of NIAM focuses on a different stage of the lifespan: Pregnant women […]

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Back-to-School Shots Reminder: Only Days of Summer Remaining

Summer vacation is winding down and school will commence soon, but is your child completely ready to start school? Local public health officials encourage you to beat the rush and get vaccinations required for school age children now. “Immunizations are the best way to fight vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Reomona Thomas, RN, Immunization Program Coordinator. “Our […]

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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 […]

Protect yourself and others from “Crypto” this summer

Summer break means swimming! While it might not be fun to think about, it is important to remember that swimming might be a fun way to relax on a hot day but it also means you are encountering other people’s germs. One of the most dangerous germs you can encounter while swimming is Crypto. Crypto, […]

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South Health District receives funding to improve pregnancy outcomes, reduce infant mortality

LOWNDES, ECHOLS and BROOKS COUNTY – The Georgia Department of Public Health was awarded funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) through its Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health.  These funds will support the Georgia Strong Families Program (GSP) that will be implemented in South Health District (Valdosta District) and the […]

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Financial Audits RFP

To view the RFP on financial audits, click here.

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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 […]

Safe and healthy summer fun

ATLANTA – Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer! The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) wants it to be a safe and healthy summer for all Georgians and visitors to the state. Below are some tips on staying safe while having fun. MOSQUITOES and summer go hand in hand in Georgia. Avoiding mosquito […]

Exercise is important for everyone

It is easy for a person to say, “I’m not overweight so I don’t need to work out,” but that isn’t the case. It’s no secret that working out is good for weight-loss and muscle gain, however even if you aren’t interested in losing weight or building muscle the benefits of exercise aren’t limited to […]