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"In past years, August has been the most active month for West Nile virus infections in Southwest Health District, so District Epidemiologist Jacqueline Jenkins is urging residents to take precautions against the mosquito-borne illness." Press Release pdf logo August 7, 2015

"While immunizations have significantly reduced the incidents of many serious infectious diseases, vaccinations rates for some diseases are not meeting national public health goals, says Southwest Health District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow." Press Release pdf logo August 3, 2015

"Southwest Health District’s 14 county health departments are now accepting Aetna, Cigna and Coventry for the full scope of its services – family planning; sexually-transmitted disease evaluation and treatment; child health, adult health and women’s health; immunizations (both adult and children); and tuberculosis skin tests." Press Release pdf logo July 17, 2015

"Public Health and CDC join forces with tobacco prevention campaign - Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, killing more than 480,000 Americans each year, says Ebonee Kirkwood, a Southwest Georgia Health District specialist in epidemiology and health promotions." Press Release pdf logo July 13, 2015

We in Public Health urge families to take the proper steps to ensure fun doesn’t turn to tragedy as a result of unintentional drowning, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant." Press Release pdf logo May 20, 2015

"ALBANY, GA—Good intentions turned into tragedy when a Southwest Georgia resident using an on-line service adopted a dog that turned out to have rabies" Press Release April 1, 2015

"Public Health plans activities for Kick Butts Day on March 18" Press Release pdf logo March 9, 2015

"Getting an immunization may not be fun, but it is over quickly; while diseases last much longer, says Southwest Health District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow" Press Release pdf logo February 25, 2015

"IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE BABIES CAN’T WAIT PROGRAM"2.18.15 Part C Grant Application pdf logo 2.18.15 Public Comment News Release Grant FFY 2015pdf logo February 18, 2015

"Why many adults should get their measles shot – again." Article Link February 5, 2015

"Give heart disease in women a red light by raising awareness on first Friday in February Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke, and the numbers in Southwest Health District are that high or even higher, particularly among women of color, said Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo Janaury 29, 2015

"For Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Public Health Urges Women to get Screened and Vaccinated "Around 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually, and approximately a third of them will die as a result of the cancer," said Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo Janaury 9, 2015

Learn more about Cervical Cancer Here Flyer pdf logo Janaury 9, 2015

Public Health urges women to learn risk factors of breast cancer "One in eight American women develop breast cancer each year, so knowing if you are at risk, taking steps to lower your risk and getting screened regularly helps women find breast cancer early – when it is easier to treat and before it is big enough to feel or cause symptoms, says Southwest Georgia Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo October 9, 2014

Learn about our nationally acclaimed Centering Pregnancy Program here by watching this short video! Video Link September 19, 2014

Southwest Public Health District’s 14 county health departments are now offering seasonal influenza vaccinations, says District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo September 15, 2014

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68 Fact Sheet pdf logo September 15, 2014

“Important news for Family Planning and Women’s Services Patients” Information Release pdf logo September 11, 2014

During Preparedness Month, learn your risks and plan for them "Southwest Georgia residents face familiar risks like tornadoes, floods and severe heat," says Southwest Health District Emergency Preparedness Director Julie Miller. Press Release pdf logo September 4, 2014

Immunization Month a reminder that diseases can still be a threat "The recent multi-county outbreak of pertussis in Southwest Georgia should be a wake-up call to residents that many potentially dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases are still common in the United States," says Southwest Health District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Release pdf logo August 15, 2014

Vaccinate your child early – Beat the back-to-school rush “The State of Georgia has specific immunization requirements for children entering schools and daycare facilities,” said Rebecca Snow, District Immunization Coordinator for Southwest Health District. Press Relase pdf logo July 8, 2014    Georgia school vaccination requirements pdf logo July 2014

First Travel-Associated Human Case of Chikungunya Confirmed In Georgia - Chikungunya is caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. It is not spread through human to human contact. News Release pdf logo 6/20/14    Chikungunya fact sheet pdf logo 6/20/14

Southwest Health District gives tips to prevent heat-related illness "The best defense against illness from our region’s blistering summer heat and smothering humidity is prevention", says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. Press Release pdf logo 6/13/14

Georgia’s immunization requirements for seventh-graders revised ALBANY—Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, seventh graders will be required to have the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) and meningococcal (meningitis) vaccines prior to entering school, says Southwest Health District Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Release pdf logo 4/29/14

Public Health Emergency Preparedness team promotes PrepareAthon! "America’s PrepareAthon! is a national community-based campaign for action to increase disaster preparedness and resilience,” said Southwest Health District Emergency Coordinator Julie Miller. Press Release pdf logo 4/15/14

Public Health investigating multi-county pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreak "Southwest Health District is investigating clusters of pertussis – primarily associated with young children – in Colquitt, Mitchell and Thomas counties, Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant, said today." Additional cases have also been confirmed in other counties. Press Releasepdf logo 4/8/14

Recommendations aim to reduce sudden unexplained infant deaths "Around 4,000 babies suddenly die each year in the United States from no cause that is immediately apparent. “These deaths are referred to as SUIDs – Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths – and roughly half are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS),” says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant." Press Releasepdf logo 2/26/14

Georgia Health Officials Warn of Potential Phone Scam "Right now, we do not know the real reason for the calls or what the caller is truly looking for,” said Rick Keheley, DPH’s inspector general" Press Releasepdf logo 2/25/14

Singing for a Cure to observe Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 15 "We and our partners are pleased to offer this concert in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,” said Chanel Scott-Dixon, program manager for Southwest Health District’s HIV/AIDS program." Press Releasepdf logo 2/6/14

Health District confirms first flu-related death; state fatalities continue to rise "A Dougherty County adult became Southwest Public Health District’s first flu fatality for the 2013-2014 flu season, health officials confirmed today." Press Releasepdf logo 1/16/14

It's cold out there! Please review the Extreme Cold Guideline to help you get through this artic blast. Prevention Guidepdf logo 1/6/14

Spread cheer, not flu, during holiday season, says Public Health "Take the time to visit your healthcare provider or county health department to get your flu vaccine," said Southwest Health District Health Immunization Coordinator Rebecca Snow. Press Releasepdf logo 12/5/13

Cancer Coalition of South Georgia Receives Mutual of America Award "Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s Community Cancer Screening Program has been recognized nationally as a recipient of a Mutual of America Foundation 2013 Community Partnership Award."
Press Release
pdf logo 11/26/13

Black women more at risk of poor outcomes from breast cancer
“Government statistics show about 232,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013,” said Southwest Georgia Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “And this year, 39,000 women are expected to die from the disease.” Press Releasepdf logo 10/15/13

District Shingles Vaccinepdf logo - 1/10/12

Babies Can't Wait Early Intervention Public Hearings. Articlepdf logo - 9/1/11

Immunization Awareness Month makes point that vaccines aren’t just for children
Everybody over the age of 6 months needs a seasonal flu shot each year. Press Release pdf logo

Come Join Us for the Seventh Annual Kids on the Move5K walk-run, 1mile fun walk July 22

Southwest Health District plugs importance of quick recognition and response to stroke
Quick action can help save lives and reduce disability caused by strokes, but the window of opportunity shuts fast. Press Release pdf logo

Cases of chickenpox in Mitchell County prompt reminders from Public Health:
CAMILLA, Ga. – An outbreak of chickenpox in Mitchell County is prompting reminders by Southwest Health District for parents to keep sick children home until they are no longer contagious and to make sure family members are up-to-date on vaccine-preventable disease immunizations. Press Release (PDF)

Safety is no accident! Injury prevention starts in our community
Unexpected injuries not only affect people at home, at work and in their communities, they also account for 12% of medical spending, totaling as much as $69 billion a year. Press Release (PDF)

Southwest Health District reminds area workers that injury prevention starts on the job
On average, 15 American workers die each day from injuries, and 9,000 are hurt seriously enough to need emergency room treatment.
Press Release (PDF)

Make a move against motor vehicle injuries.
Making sure children are buckled up, being a designated driver and avoiding distractions like texting or talking on the phone while driving are among the ways to reduce injuries and fatalities on Southwest Georgia’s roads and highways. Press Release (PDF)

Southwest Health District urges Southwest Georgians to take action against injuries in the home
Preventable injuries rank among the top 10 causes of death for people of all ages – yet simple steps can make homes, schools and workplaces safer and healthier, says the area’s top public health official. Press Release (PDF)

Southwest Health District offers tips for healthy holiday eating
It’s what nobody wants to get but nearly everybody does during the holidays – an extra pound or two. But a few simple tips from Southwest Health District can help make it easier to eat healthy without gaining weight despite the temptations of the season. Press Release (PDF)

Georgia leads nation in flu activity, so don’t wait any longer to get vaccinated
Southwest Health District’s disease trackers say the unusual amount of influenza activity in Georgia so early in the season is worrisome, and urge residents who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated against seasonal flu to do so. Press Release (PDF)

County health departments fragrance-free, tobacco-free to safeguard sensitive patients
The Southwest Health District reminds patients and visitors that its 14 county health departments and their campuses, other facilities and events are fragrance-free and tobacco-free to ensure that environmentally-sensitive patients won’t experience ill effects during visits. Press Release (PDF)

Roll up your sleeve – 2010 seasonal flu vaccine has arrived at your county health department
- The wait is over – the seasonal flu vaccine has arrived in county health departments throughout Southwest Health District and is now being offered in both nasal mist and injectable form. Press Release (PDF)

County health departments reduce cost of flu vaccine; flu activity remains high
Flu activity remains high throughout Southwest Health District, whose 14 county health departments will begin offering vaccine at the reduced rate of $15 per dose today in hopes of getting more of the population protected. Press release (PDF)

Heart disease stalks Southwest Georgians – especially African Americans, warns Health Director
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Southwest Georgia, but the population it preys on most are African American.
Press release (PDF)


Dougherty County Health Department awarded 2011 car seat mini-grant
The Dougherty County Health Department was one of eight sites in Southwest Health District to be awarded a 2011 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Community Health Division of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health Program - Injury Prevention. Press Release (PDF)

Vaccine Factsheet

H1N1 Nasal-Spray Vaccine pdf logo
H1N1 Nasal-Spray Vaccine (Spanish) pdf logo

Southwest Health District launches Toll-free Flu Hotline in English and Spanish - 1-800-829-2255
Press release pdf logo

Each year when seasonal flu returns, it is often accompanied by another hazard – anti-vaccine myths that are not backed up by facts. Press Release (PDF)

Preparedness Month’s goal:
Knowing Southwest Georgia’s hazards and how to prepare for them ALBANY, GA -- Chemical spills and accidental releases of other hazardous materials are high on the list of Southwest Georgia’s top public health hazards, but tornadoes, flooding, drought and pandemic flu are not far behind, warns Southwest Georgia Public Health Emergency Preparedness Director Julie Miller. Press Release (PDF)

WIC program an underused resource for nutritionally at-risk women and children
Even though the economic downturn continues to rain financial hardships down on residents of Southwest Health District, enrollment in a nutritional program that provides supplemental foods to low income families is experiencing a drop in enrollment. Press Release (PDF)

Parents can take steps to protect children against pertussis. Press Release (PDF)

Public Health investigating pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreak in Grady County. Press Release (PDF) Factsheet

Get tested for sickle cell trait before starting family, District Public Health Director recommends
Couples in high-risk groups for sickle cell diseases can make better-informed long-range decisions by learning their genetic makeup before pregnancies occur. Press Release (PDF)

African Honey Bee fact sheet (PDF)

While enjoying summer sun, remember to protect skin from UV radiation (PDF)

Dougherty man Southwest Health District’s first West Nile Virus case of 2010
A 53-year-old Dougherty County man with underlying health conditions has had the first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in Southwest Health District this year. Press Release (PDF)

Up-to-minute restaurant inspection scores now available on health district web site
“Our 14 county health district is one of the first in Georgia to make our food service inspections available to consumers in real time,” said Southwest Health District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner. “As soon as the reports are finished, they are available, it is instantaneous.” Press Release (PDF)

West Nile Virus season starting early in Georgia, Public Health officials warn
Last year the pandemic H1N1 virus dominated the news, but this year Georgia has already seen a human case of West Nile Virus – roughly two months earlier than usual. Press Release (PDF)

Raising awareness of signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke a top priority in May
Learning the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke – and calling 911 immediately when they occur – can help reduce death and long-term disability significantly. Press Release (PDF)

Unintentional poisoning from prescription drugs a serious, often unrecognized problem
Each year, inadvertent poisoning results in more than 700,000 emergency room visits, 120,000 hospitalizations and a growing number of fatalities. Press Release (PDF)
Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

The Babies Can't Wait (BCW) Program is Georgia’s statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, ages birth to three, and their families. More (PDF)

Babies Can’t Wait Public Comments & Public Hearing Notification to Families & Providers. More (PDF)

Free “text4baby” campaign sends health information to new and expectant moms. Press Release (PDF)

Don’t risk rabies: Steer clear of strays and keep pets’ vaccinations current. Press Release (PDF)

Be on lookout for norovirus clusters in Southwest Georgia schools and long-term care facilities. Press Release (PDF)
Norovirus: What you need to know (PDF)
Norovirus FAQ
Norovirus FAQ Spanish

Upcoming spring break offers another opportunity to vaccinate kids against H1N1. Press Release (PDF)

Southwest Georgia’s rising rates of diabetes reflect worrisome national trend
Diabetes is on the rise throughout the country, and the 14 counties in Southwest Health District are among those seeing the highest percentages of adults developing the disease. Press Release (PDF)

Immunization Week raises awareness that infants most at risk of infectious disease
MOULTRIE, GA - Because vaccine-preventable diseases are at an all-time low in the United States, parents – especially first-time parents – are often unaware their children are at risk for serious and life-threatening diseases, warns Southwest District Health Immunization Coordinator Sue Dale. Press Release (PDF)

Southwest Health District offers tips to keep H1N1 influenza at bay during the holidays  
While holidays bring friends and family together, unfortunately that closeness also gives germs a chance to spread. But taking some simple precautions can help keep loved ones healthy...more pdf logo

Large shipment swells H1N1 vaccine inventory; priority groups urged to get protection...more pdf logo

Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 8, all 14 county health departments in Southwest Health District are opening H1N1 vaccine to the general public. Full Press Release pdf logo

Getting H1N1 vaccine during winter break means immunity when classes resume. Press Release pdf logo

Public Health offers tips to keep food-borne illness from spoiling holiday gatherings. Press Release pdf logo

H1N1 vaccine voluntary recall not a safety issue, revaccination isn’t needed. Press Release pdf logo

National Immunization Vaccination Week focuses on importance of H1N1 vaccine. Press Release (PDF)

Extreme cold brings health hazards, says Southwest Health District. Press Release (PDF)

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which falls on Feb. 7 this year, aims at educating African Americans about a disease that take a disproportionate toll on their community. Press Release (PDF)

Many Southwest Georgia residents on the fast track to heart disease – the leading cause of death in the 14-county Southwest Health District, the state and the country – don’t know their risk factors or how to modify them. Press Release (PDF)
1/2/10 More H1N1 vaccine becomes available in time to ensure children get second dose...more pdf logo

County Health Departments to hold extended hour H1N1 flu clinics Thursday...more pdf logo

Since people 65 and older have lowest rates of H1N1 infections, not first in line for vaccination...more pdf logo

H1N1 Vaccine depleted; call your health department to find out if its hours will be extended tonight or not.. Media Alert pdf logo

County health departments to begin administering H1N1 flu shots Wednesday to priority groups. Full Press Release pdf logo

Updated Interim Recommendations for the Use of Antiviral Medications in the Treatment and Prevention of Influenza for the 2009-2010 Season

CDC Recommendations for Amount of Time Persons with Influenza-like Illness Should be Away from Otherpdf logo

Public Health provides Dougherty County flu update and homecare and prevention tips
The influenza-like illnesses affecting students and staff in Southwest Georgia schools are being treated as a pandemic H1N1 flu clusters, even though not all of those who are sick have received positive test results for the release pdf logo

Southwest Health District confirms first fatality related to Pandemic H1N1
An Albany area man in his 60s is the first patient in the Southwest Health District’s 14 counties and the third resident of Georgia who has died from Pandemic release pdf logo

H1N1 influenza vaccine offers safe, effective protection for children, says Health Director...more pdf logo

Southwest Health District opens H1N1 nasal-spray vaccine to more priority groups. Full Press Release pdf logo

2009 Shoo Flu, Shoo Art Contest...more

Southwest Health District urges patience as first shipments of H1N1 vaccine trickle in. Full Press Releasepdf logo

Public Health touts National Immunization Awareness Month observance in August
With summer vacation winding down and concerns that Pandemic H1N1 influenza will hit hard this fall, Public Health officials are urging everyone to observe National Immunization Awareness Month by ensuring their vaccinations are up-to-date....more pdf logo

Single mosquito bite can cause infection, so Public Health urges precautions
Although most people bitten by Southwest Georgia’s ever-present mosquitoes don’t become sick, each year some residents aren’t so lucky.
...full press release pdf logo

Eastern Equine Encephalitis - What you need to know pdf logo

H1N1 confirmed in two Southwest Health District disease cluster investigations
A pair of Influenza A outbreaks involving children in Southwest Health District have been confirmed as Pandemic H1N1 disease investigations, officials said release pdf logo

Southwest Health District investigates two Influenza A clusters involving children
In response to separate Influenza A outbreaks involving children in two of its 14 counties, Southwest Health District has partially reactivated its Pandemic H1N1 Emergency Operations Center and stepped up surveillance and education efforts in the release pdf logo

Swine flu may cause seizures in children-report

Southwest Health District confirms first case of Pandemic H1N1 in Dougherty County
A 16-year-old Dougherty County male has been added to the list of Southwest Health District’s patients confirmed with Pandemic H1N1
...full press release pdf logo

Southwest Health District confirms mosquito-borne virus in Grady County
A horse in Grady County has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a disease that can cause severe illness in human.
...morepdf logo

Although the United States is experiencing a higher than normal number of flu cases (of which roughly half are the novel H1N1 virus), the 14 counties in Southwest Health District have no confirmed H1N1 cases...more pdf logo

Southwest Health District confirms spread of pandemic H1N1 with two new cases
With two new confirmed cases of pandemic H1N1 influenza – one in Colquitt County and the other in Thomas County – Southwest Health District’s count of patients with the disease has risen to five...full press release pdf logo

Southwest Health District confirms two cases of H1N1 in Thomas County
A 12-year-old boy and a 40-year-old man, both in Thomas County, have been identified as the first confirmed cases of H1N1 in Southwest Health District...full press release pdf logo

From June 15 -19, the Early County Health Department will be closed (except for pre-arranged services) to allow staff to move to temporary quarters at 12799 Magnolia Street. The temporary move will give construction workers the access they need to upgrade, make repairs and add square footage to the health department’s 40-year-old home at 618 Flowers Drive...full press release pdf logo

National HIV Testing Day underscores importance of early diagnosis and treatment
Early HIV diagnosis is critical to ensure people who are infected can fully benefit from available live-saving treatments – yet nearly 40 percent of people with HIV are not diagnosed until they have already developed AIDS...more

Southwest Health District today announced it was partially deactivating the Emergency Operation Center it opened late in April to respond to the national Swine Flu H1N1 outbreak. However Public Health will continue to keep a close eye on the new virus...more pdf logo

Test results showed no evidence of the Swine Flu H1N1 virus in any specimens sent by the Southwest Health District to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory...more pdf logo

Southwest Health District sends seven samples to state lab for Swine Flu H1N1 testing...more pdf logo

Interim Guidance to Assist State and Local Health Departments in Developing Programs for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus pdf logo

Interim Guidance for Employers for Protection Of Migrant and Seasonal Farm workers pdf logo

Declaration of Public Health Emeregency pdf logo

Two possible cases of Swine Flu H1N1 from Southwest Georgia sent to the state lab late last week for testing were negative...more pdf logo

Southwest District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant declared a Health Emergency in 13 counties hard-hit by flooding, then swamped by mosquitoes breeding in the overabundant water...more pdf logo

Mounting concerns about swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, are prompting residents to ask about testing – but tests aren’t needed except for patients with specific symptoms outlined by the National Centers for Disease Control...more 04/30/09 Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1) Information for Child Care Providers 05/01/09 Alert for Institutions of Higher Education 05/01/09 Swine Flu (H1N1) - What You Need to Know 04/27/09 CDC disaster safety fact sheet on "Protecting Yourself from Mold" Free tetanus shots available at county health departments for flood recovery workers...more 04/06/09

Public Health issues district-wide recommendations for private wells that were surrounded or submerged by flood water
Residents using private wells that have been flooded by the recent severe weather should take precautions against waterborne illnesses by boiling well water for two minutes and then straining it before consumption...more pdf logo

Boil Water Order issued for private wells in Baker, Early and Mitchell...more pdf logo

Standing or Flood Water
After a flooding emergency, finding clean running water can be difficult. Flood waters may contain potentially dangerous materials, such as fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, agricultural runoff and chemicals from industrial areas. Wading in flood waters can also be a cause of infection or result in a variety of injuries...more pdf logo

Exposure to Free-flowing or Run-off Contaminated Water
Public Health recommends avoiding contact with potentially contaminated free-flowing or run-off water if possible. If you are exposed to potentially contaminated water, Public Health recommendations include:

  • An up-to-date tetanus immunization is advised. Vaccine is available at county health departments
  • Other immunizations - including Hepatitis A - are not advised at this time
  • Do not allow children to play in any free-flowing run-off or flood water

Southwest Health District officials are asking residents to prepare an “emergency go kit” so they will have essentials ready should authorities begin evacuations from low-lying areas at risk of flooding...more pdf logo
Emergency Disinfection of Private Wells pdf logo , Power Outage pdf logo , Chainsaw Safety pdf logo

Public Health Alert: Boil Water Order issued for private wells
Residents using private wells that have been flooded by the recent severe weather should take precautions against waterborne illnesses by boiling well water for two minutes and then straining it before consumption...more pdf logo
Public Boil Water Order pdf logo
General Tips: Returning Home pdf logo , Removing Mold pdf logo , After a Flood pdf logo

With flu “widespread” in Southwest District, Public Health says there’s still time for flu shot
The Southwest Health District, reporting widespread influenza activity in its 14 counties, is urging residents to get flu shots if they haven’t already done so...more pdf logo

Salmonella Outbreak
Foodborne disease is caused by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods, so there are many different foodborne infections...more pdf logo Salmonella Widget

On-site sewage management permitting and inspections help Public Health prevent diseases
Many diseases are transmitted in a way that few folks want to think about: through fecal contamination of food and water, largely by improper disposal of human waste. Much of the dirty work of ensuring waste is disposed of safely falls to Public Health environmental health specialists...more pdf logo

During extreme cold weather, guard against hypothermia The elderly and babies who sleep in unheated rooms are among those who face the greatest danger during cold snaps, but others are at risk as well, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant....morepdf logo

Community Health Survey
Teenagers who have sex run the risk of unplanned pregnancy, catching and transmitting diseases and limiting their chances of pursuing educational and employment opportunities. The problems associated with teens having sex affect our entire community. We can make a difference with this growing problem. You can help, by clicking here to access our community health survey and honestly answering its questions. Sexual Behavior Press release

Public Pool and Spa Safety Act mandates use of drain covers, anti-entrapment devices A federal law that goes into effect this month requires all non-residential swimming pools and spas to be equipped with drain covers and anti-entrapment devices or systems, says Southwest Health District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner...more pdf logo

Watering down baby formula to stretch dollars poses serious danger to infants
Financially strapped parents who add extra water to baby formula to hold down expenses put their infants at risk of malnutrition and water intoxication, warns Southwest Health District Public Health Director Jacqueline Grant...more pdf logo

County health departments’ flu shot policies unchanged; no prescription needed
Flu shots will be available as usual at the 14 county health departments in Southwest Health District, without the necessity for patients to provide a prescription by their physician...morepdf logo

Residents with wells that flooded should have them tested, says Public Health
As high water from recent heavy rains recede, residents with private wells that flooded should have their water tested for contamination, says Southwest Health District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner..more pdf logo

Avoid getting or giving the flu during the holidays by getting vaccinated now
Something nobody wants to receive during the holidays is a case of influenza, says Dougherty County Health Department Director Cheryl Henley, who adds that it isn’t too late to get a flu shot...more pdf logo

Public Health reminder: Be alert to holiday poisoning and choking hazard
The holiday season’s trappings and traditions bring an unwelcome visitor – the increased likelihood of accidental poisoning or choking...more

ALBANY, Ga. – Southwest Georgia Public Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant announced today that lab tests have confirmed three cases of West Nile Virus in the Albany Metropolitan Area this season – two in Dougherty and one in Lee counties 10/20/08.... more

New dentist joins Southwest Public Health District to expand dental access for children..morehurricane image

Hurricanes bring hazards of inland flooding to Southwest Georgiapdf logo
When hurricanes make landfall along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, dangerous weather doesn’t stop at the shore. Hurricane-spawned tornadoes, strong winds and powerful floods also threaten life, limb and property in Southwest Georgia.08/21/08

Tips for Filing an Insurance Claim pdf logo , During a Flood pdf logo , After a Flood pdf logo , Preparing to Evacuate pdf logo , Reentering Your Flooded Home pdf logo

Hurricane and Tornado Resources 08/21/08
Communicating after Evacuation pdf logo , Food and Water Safety pdf logo, Food and Water Safety Espanol pdf logo , Hurricane Readiness pdf logo
Tornado Cleanup pdf logo , Preventing Chainsaw Injuries pdf logo , Safety in a Power Outage pdf logo , After a Tornado pdf logo

Sweltering temperatures and high humidity can have deadly consequences pdf logo
With temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark across Southwest Georgia ths week, Public Health Officials are warning residents to take precautions to aviod dehydration, heat stroke and other life-threatening conditions.08/05/08

Extreme Heat: Because most heat-related deaths occur during the summer, and because weather projections for this year indicate a hotter-than-average summer, people should be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death. Overview , Q & A's , Heat Stroke Exhaustion , Extreme Heat Tips

Residents of Southwest Georgia are facing a growing healthcare threat as climate changes pdf logoheat up the region, spawn more and fiercer hurricanes, trigger droughts and wildfires and cultivate an environment for new diseases and viruses to emerge, warns the area’s top public health official.

Health Inspectors say clean up at restaurant involved in E. coli outbreak nears end.pdf logo

CDC confirmation: Colquitt County E. coli cases officially part of the multi-state outbreak

Keep guard up against disease-carrying mosquitoes, urges Public Health Director

Ground beef from restaurant tests positive for E. coli in Colquitt County investigation

New information helping disease investigators “close in” on E. coli source pdf logo

Public Health confirms eighth case of E. coli in Colquitt County disease investigation
. 07/07/08

Restaurant voluntarily closes at request of Public Health officials investigating E. coli cluster in Colquitt County pdf logo

Public Health intensifies E. coli disease investigation in Colquitt Countypdf logo

No new confirmations of E. coli, but on-going investigation finds people still falling illpdf logo

Public Health confirms four cases of E. coli so far, but no common thread yetpdf logo

Public Health investigates apparent disease cluster in Colquitt County
06/30/08 E-coli Factsheetpdf logo

Salmonella in Tomatoes
The Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health has identified seven Salmonella Saintpaul cases in Georgia that match the nationwide outbreak. Georgia is one of 23 other states impacted by the outbreak. Six of the state’s cases are in the east metro Atlanta area and one case is in northeast Georgia. There are now 228 confirmed Salmonella Saintpaul cases nationwide..more.
Salmonella factsheet.pdf logo

Dougherty County Health Department assists new mothers with Medicaid reapplications...more

The World Health Organization estimates hundreds of millions of people worldwide are infected with chronic viral hepatitis, inflammation of the liver that can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and, ultimately, liver failure and death...more

Green Tea Boosts Antibiotics for Superbugs; Egyptian study finds drink increased effectiveness threefold.
HealthDay News, 3/31/08

The third winning recipe in the Hooked on Health recipe contest was submitted by Diane Blackmon, Seminole County Health Department. Greek Tomato Salad

Widespread flu activity now exists in virtually every state, and many of the infections are being caused by some strains not covered by this year's influenza vaccine. In Southwest Georgia District Public Health, two strains of flu – an influenza A virus and an influenza B virus – have been identified. In addition, residents of the district have been falling ill to an intestinal bug that also causes fever.

Drought and Dialysis: Potential Water Quality and Health Issues
Monitoring of water quality in the dialysis unit is even more important during drought
conditions than it is normally.

Georgia is among a number of states whose vaccine supply has been affected by the recent voluntary recall of 10 lots of Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) vaccine and two lots of a combination of Hib and Hepatitis B vaccine.

Southwest Public Health District’s 14 county health departments will begin offering seasonal influenza vaccinations on Tuesday, Oct. 9, says District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant.

Each fall, as healthcare providers launch seasonal flu vaccination campaigns to protect the public against debilitating and sometimes deadly influenza, they must combat misconceptions about vaccine safety and effectiveness.

MMR is a combination vaccine that protects children from measles, mumps, and rubella (also known as German measles). The first dose of the vaccine is usually given to children 12 to 15 months old. The second dose is usually given between 4 and 6 years of age. Factsheet pdf logo


This Week's Recipe Winner Shirley Phelp shares with Public Health her

Fruit Salad.

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District Environmental Health Director explains food service certification
By requiring food service establishments to be licensed, county health departments are protecting their communities from exposure to more than 250 types of food-borne illnesses

District 152 State Rep. Ed Rynders will receive the Georgia Public Health Association “Legislator of the Year Award” during a presentation by Southwest District Public Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant during a Lee County Board of Health meeting Dec. 4 at noon at 112 Park Street.

District Environmental Health Director urges private well owners to watch for contamination
Private well owners in the 14-county Southwest Public Health District may be getting a taste of the record drought parching much of the state, says District Environmental Health Director Dewayne Tanner.

Rainy conditions did not dampen participation in Georgia Farm Worker Health Program’s Fall Project 2007 as public health professionals and students and physicians from the Emory School of Medicine conducted exams....more

Governor Perdue’s executive order directs agencies to develop plans to conserve water resources and save taxpayer dollars by using less water and using water more wisely...more


Amoebic Infection:
A cluster of waterborne illnesses in Central Florida – including an infection that
claimed the life of a youngster – has prompted a warning by Southwest Georgia District Public Health...more . Factsheet

Third human West Nile Virus case in district confirmed in Miller County

Human case of West Nile Virus in Dougherty County confirmed

Second case of West Nile Virus found in Mitchell County

West Nile Virus:
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Adult Immunization Schedule

Beginning Tuesday, September 4, patients can call health departments in the Southwest Public Health District between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. to get an appointment that day, said District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline release

Botulism Alert:
Two children in Texas and an Indiana couple who ate Castleberry chili products became seriously ill and have been hospitalized...more.  About Botulism

Risk of rabies exposure goes up with summertime’s increased outdoor activities When outdoor activities increase during the summer months, so do the chances that people will come into contact with stray and wild animals that may be infected with rabies...more

High school seniors planning to attend college should take steps to safeguard their health now by being vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis, say Southwest Georgia Public Health officials. Get vaccinated

Adults often feel that immunizations are for their children and not necessarily for them, but they couldn’t be more wrong, says Southwest Public Health District Immunization Coordinator Sue Dale....more

Southwest Public Health District to offer two WIC Farmers’ Markets programs this summer

Changes in required immunizations for children – Georgia’s immunization requirements for children attending child care and school facilities have been changed to reflect current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices... more  Immunization Schedule

Residents of Southwest Georgia have until August 20 to express their opinions on proposed changes to their local health departments’ Babies Can’t Wait early intervention system...more

Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR TB) is a relatively rare type of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB). It is resistant to almost all drugs...more

Participants in the third annual Kids on the Move event, set for July 20 at Albany State University, will be taking steps to combat childhood obesity, organizers said...more

Southwest Health District warns new parents against dangers of unintentional poisonings.
New parents should make sure that citrus-scented household cleaner, sweet-smelling candles and other innocent-appearing products commonly found in homes are out-of-sight and out-of-reach of their release

After a tornado fact sheet

Food service inspections for Southwest Health District’s 14 counties now available on line The more than 1,000 restaurants doing business in the 14 counties covered by the Southwest Health District now have their most recent food service inspection reports posted release

It was one of the coldest days of the year, February 14, 2007, and the District Child Health folks were having a Smoothie! ....more

Southwest Georgia Public Health officials address worries about peanut butter and Salmonella Area residents concerned about a nation-wide outbreak of Salmonella should contact their physician if they are experiencing severe symptoms after recently consuming Peter Pan brand peanut butter with the product code 2111 on the lid.

Georgia Receives Presidential Disaster Declaration for Additional Counties: ATLANTA – President George W. Bush approved a Federal Disaster Declaration today for all nine counties that Governor Perdue requested aid for following the severe weather that hit southwest Georgia last release

Baker County recovery workers and residents urged to get free tetanus vaccinations...more

Viral Meningitis Information




West Nile Virus

Avian Influenza