Several north Georgians receive no-cost-to-client flu shots

Press Release

DALTON, Ga. – Since health departments in north Georgia began providing flu shots at no cost to clients this week, 640 residents have taken advantage of the offer and others are urged to do the same while supplies last. This number contrasts favorably to the total of 190 flu shots provided by the health departments during the previous week.

Flu activity continues to be widespread in the U.S., and last week, the number of flu-related deaths in Georgia sharply increased, prompting public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties to begin providing flu shots at no cost to residents who have not yet been vaccinated. Healthcare plans are billed for clients who have coverage, and there is no charge to anyone who is not insured. No appointment is necessary – “walk-ins” are welcome.

The current flu vaccine is highly effective against most influenza strains that are now circulating, and county health departments in north Georgia also have a high-dose flu vaccine for people ages 65 and older, providing them with increased protection.

It is not too late to get a flu shot. This flu season has not yet peaked, and it could last several more weeks. Once vaccinated, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to reach its full protective potential. Therefore, it is important to receive a flu shot right away.

Locations and phone numbers for the no-cost-to-client flu shots at county health departments in
north Georgia are:

  • Cherokee County Health Department: 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115, 770-345-7371
    and 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-928-0133;
  • Fannin County Health Department: 95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, 706-632-3023;
  • Gilmer County Health Department: 28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-635-4363;
  • Murray County Health Department: 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, 706-695-4585;
  • Pickens County Health Department: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143, 706-253-2821; and
  • Whitfield County Health Department: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720, 706-226-
    2621.

Health officials also remind the public that flu is extremely contagious and can spread easily from person to person; therefore, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue or nausea – is urged to stay home during the severest symptoms and for at least 24 hours after fever is gone. Parents should keep children who are sick with the flu at home from school, and anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should stay away from places such as hospitals and long-term care facilities where people are more at risk for developing severe complications if sick with the flu.

More information about preventing the spread of flu, such as frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes, is on the North Georgia Health District website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/938-widespread-flu-in-georgia.html.

Author

Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Flu shots available at county health departments

Press Release

DALTON, Ga. – Flu Shots are now available at NO COST to residents at public health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. Healthcare plans will be billed on behalf of clients who have coverage, and there is no charge to anyone who is not under a healthcare plan. No appointment is necessary – “Walk-ins” are welcome. Residents are urged to take advantage of these no-cost to client flu shots while supplies last.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. In fact, the time is crucial. Georgia, along with 48 other U.S. states, is experiencing widespread influenza activity, with 37 flu-related deaths currently reported in Georgia, including four in north Georgia – and those numbers are expected to increase since the flu season has not yet peaked.

The current flu vaccine effectively protects against three of the four influenza virus strains that are circulating.

Locations and phone numbers for the participating north Georgia county health departments are:

  • Cherokee County Health Department: 1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115, 770-345-7371 and 7545 North Main Street, Suite 100, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-928-0133;
  • Fannin County Health Department: 95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513, 706-632-3023;
  • Gilmer County Health Department: 28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540, 706-635-4363;
  • Murray County Health Department: 709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705, 706-695-4585;
  • Pickens County Health Department: 60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143, 706-253-2821; and
  • Whitfield County Health Department: 800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720, 706-226-2621.

Health officials also remind the public that flu is extremely contagious and can spread easily from person to person; therefore, anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms – such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue or nausea – is urged to stay home during the severest symptoms and for at least 24 hours after fever is gone. More information about preventing the spread of flu, such as frequent handwashing and covering coughs and sneezes, is on the North Georgia Health District website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/938-widespread-flu-in-georgia.html.

Author

Jason Beck

Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Dragons Even Season Series With 7-A Woodstock

PHS Baseball, Sports

Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team hosted the Woodstock Wolverines in a non-region tilt at Dragons Field. Woodstock, is out of the 7-A classification and came into the ball game 8-2 & winners of 5 straight. Pickens, came into the game fresh off of a split with 5-A Paulding County last week. With a win here, the Dragons would split with the Wolverines.

 

Senior Travis Huffman got the call for the Dragons and he pitched very well during this game. T. Huffman K’d two during the top of the 1st to send us to the bottom of the frame. Not to be outdone, T. Huffman came up to lead off the bottom of the inning, & on the 1st pitch he saw, cranked it over the left field wall to put the Dragons up 1-0 going to the 2nd. The Dragons were able to work out of a jam in the top of the 2nd as T. Huffman K’d a batter to end the half inning. Brady Moore drove in Zack Moore on a sac fly RBI to give Pickens a 2-0 lead over the Wolverines going to the 3rd.

 

After Woodstock again could not get anything going in the top of the 3rd, the Dragons added to their lead in the bottom of the inning as Dominic Stephens crushed a 2-run home run over the fence to give Pickens a 4-0 lead going to the 4th. Both teams were not able to get anything going in the 4th as we headed to the 5th, Dragons still ahead of Woodstock, 4-1. In the top of the 5th, Woodstock got on the board to make it 4-1 Pickens. The Dragons were unable to answer in the bottom of the frame as they went 1-2-3 in order to send us to the 6th.

 

T. Huffman needed only 8 pitches to put an end to the Wolverine 6th inning. We would head to the 7th, Pickens still ahead of Woodstock, 4-1. T. Huffman finished his complete game with a 9 pitch 7th inning & a K to seal the Dragons win over the Wolverines, 4-1.

 

Pickens had 4 runs on 7 hits

Travis Huffman: 7IP, 7K, 3H, 1 unearned run & 2-3 1 HR, 1 single, 1 RBI, & 1 run scored

Joseph Gossett: 1-3 with a single & 1 run scored

Dominic Stephens: 1-3 with a HR, 2 RBI, & 1 run scored

Zack Moore: 1-2 with a double, 1 HBP, & 1 run scored

Wyatt Gooch: 1-2 with a single, & a walk

Dylan Huffman: 1-3 with a single

Brady Moore: 0-1 with a sacrifice, & 1 RBI

 

The varsity Dragons will be back in action this Saturday as they host both Murray County & Newton at Dragons Field. The first game for the Dragons on Saturday will be at 11 a.m. against Murray County. Murray & Newton will then play after that game concludes, then the final game of the afternoon will see the Dragons face Newton.

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