Keep Your Preteen Safe – Vaccinate Them Today
Vaccines Available at County Health Departments in North Georgia
NORTH GEORGIA – Vaccinate your preteen today so they can have a healthy tomorrow.
In an effort to protect every adult and child, the Georgia Department of Public Health recognizes
March 11 – 15, 2019 as Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week. This week serves as a
reminder for parents to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against
Public health departments located in the North Georgia Health District in Cherokee, Fannin,
Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield counties encourage parents to make vaccinations a
priority. Vaccines protect children from the dangers of preventable diseases and are available at
health departments in each county. See contact information below.
According to the Georgia Department of Public Health Rule (511-2-2), all students born on or
after January 1, 2002, entering or transferring into seventh grade and any “new entrant” into
eighth -12th grades in Georgia need proof of an adolescent pertussis (whooping cough) booster
vaccination (called “Tdap”) AND an adolescent meningococcal vaccination (MenACWY). This
law affects all public and private schools including, but not limited to, charter schools,
community schools, juvenile court schools and other alternative school settings (excluding
Vaccines are the best defense we have against serious, preventable and sometimes deadly
contagious diseases. They help avoid expensive therapies and hospitalization needed to treat
infectious diseases like influenza and meningitis. Immunizations also reduce absences both at
school and after school activities and decrease the spread of illness at home, school and the
The CDC currently recommends the following vaccines for preteens and teens:
- Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
- Influenza (flu)
- Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
- Meningococcal Disease (MenACWY)
Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness through schools,
health care providers and the media regarding preteen immunizations, particularly Georgia’s
pertussis and meningococcal requirements for incoming seventh-grade students. Speak with your
physician today to find out if your preteen is up-to-date.
For more information, click here.
Talking Rock, Ga – The North Georgia Health District, district office of the Georgia Department of Public Health, is warning citizens in both Pickens and Gilmer Counties to be aware of potentially rabid animals in the Talking Rock area.
The official statement by the office only reports of a dog bite sometime on September 4. While the raccoon was found and sent for testing, a positive return has officials in an alerted state. Since the animal has already been recovered, Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are simply urging pet owners to vaccinate their animals as it saved this dog’s life. He is currently under observation at home.
According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon. She went on to say, “It’s imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from rabies. Once our pets are exposed to rabies, they can expose us, and rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if not treated before symptoms begin.”
Check the full release below:
Gilmer County Environmental Health officials are urging residents to ensure pets are vaccinated against rabies after a Talking Rock dog was bitten by a rabid raccoon.
The raccoon fought with the dog outside a home in the Ruby Ridge Drive/Highway 136 area of Talking Rock near the Gilmer-Pickens County Line on September 4th.
The raccoon was shipped for testing to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory and the positive rabies results have now been reported to the Gilmer County Environmental Health office.
According to Andrea Mathis, county environmental health manager, there was no human exposure to the raccoon, and since the dog was currently vaccinated against rabies, it only required a booster shot and at-home observation for 45 days.
“It’s imperative to maintain rabies vaccinations in our pets, not only for their protection, but to protect ourselves and our families from rabies,” said Mathis. “Once our pets are exposed to rabies, they can expose us, and rabies is virtually 100 percent fatal if not treated before symptoms begin.”
An opportunity to get rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats at the reduced cost of $10.00 will be at the Fall Vaccines Clinic hosted by VCA Animal Appalachian Animal Hospital on September 29th. Other vaccines will be offered, as well. Please click on the attached flyer below to view various times and locations of the clinic that are being held throughout Gilmer County.
To learn more about rabies and how to protect against the disease, call the local county environmental health office. The number for Gilmer County Environmental Health is (706) 635-6050.
Additional rabies information is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/rabies.
For Immediate Release
Another Whitfield County Skunk Tests Positive for Rabies
Health officials urge residents to vaccinate their animals
Dalton (GA) – A Whitfield County resident observed stray dogs interacting with a skunk on Boyles Mill Road in the northeast section of the county on Monday, December 12 and contacted officials the next day after seeing a media report about rabies in the area. The resident was not close enough to the stray dogs to give a specific description.
Whitfield Animal Control responded to the call and found a dead skunk in about the same location. Since the skunk almost certainly had contact with the stray dogs it was shipped to the Georgia State Public Health Laboratory, which confirmed on Wednesday, December 14 that the skunk had rabies.
There was no human exposure to rabies in this incident.
Residents in the northern parts of Whitfield and Murray Counties are strongly advised to be aware of wild mammals behaving aggressively, appearing sick or otherwise behaving in an abnormal manner. Children should be taught to avoid stray dogs, cats and wild mammals.
Pet owners should make sure their cats and dogs are currently vaccinated against rabies. When rabid wild animals come near a home, pets usually have first contact with them. So when pets are vaccinated against rabies, pet owners and their families are also better protected. Unvaccinated dogs or cats that have been bitten by a rabid animal are recommended to be destroyed or placed in very strict quarantine for six months.
Persons who own livestock in these areas should have farm animals with which they have close contact vaccinated against rabies and be aware that all livestock are susceptible to rabies. A cow in another part of north Georgia was recently found to have rabies, resulting in anti-rabies treatments for several persons.
About Us: The North Georgia Health District is part of the Georgia Department of Public Health. One of 18 health districts in the state, the North Georgia Health District (District 1-2) is comprised of six counties: Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, and Whitfield. Many public health programs and services exist throughout the district, all of which are designed to meet the needs of the people of North Georgia. Learn more about us at www.nghd.org, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
To access this press release directly online, go to our website at http://nghd.org/pr/34-/827-another-whitfield-county-skunk-tests-positive-for-rabies.html
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