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Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Chatsworth is Sept 23rd!

Don’t forget to drive by and arm yourself against the flu quickly and  conveniently at Murray County Health Department’s Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic!

The clinic will be held on Tuesday, September 23rd from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M. at the Murray County Recreation Center located at 651 Hyden Tyler Road in Chatsworth.

This year, the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic will offer the 4-in-1quadrivalent flu vaccine that protects against four strains of flu in one shot!

Cost of the flu shot is $25, and cash, checks, Medicare and Medicaid plus Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield Health Insurance will be accepted.

The best way to arm against the flu is with a flu shot -- the most convenient way to get that shot is at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic in Chatsworth!

For more information, call (706) 695-4585 or log onto

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Keep food-borne illness off your holiday menu!

Dalton (GA) As you lovingly serve roasted turkey, baked ham, delicious casseroles and decadent desserts to family and friends this holiday season, don’t let food-borne illness be one of your secret ingredients.

Festive times are for giving and sharing, but that should never include sharing food-borne illness. Here are some tips from the USDA's Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-888-674-6854) to help you have SAFE holiday festivities.

Safely handle food. Always wash your hands before and after handling food – especially raw meat and poultry – and keep your kitchen, dishes and utensils clean, as well.

Cook thoroughly. Be sure to cook food thoroughly to safe minimum internal temperatures. To learn more about safe temperatures for various foods, log onto

Use shallow containers. Divide cooked foods into shallow containers to store in the refrigerator or freezer until serving. This encourages rapid, even cooling. Reheat hot foods to 165 °F. 

Follow the two-hour rule. Foods should not sit at room temperature for more than two hours. Discard anything that has been sitting out for two hours or more.

Keep hot foods HOT and cold foods COLD. Hot foods should be held at 140 °F or warmer and cold foods should be held at 40 °F or colder.

According to the USDA, bacteria are everywhere but food-borne bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium perfringens and Listeria monocytogenes) are especially likely to crash holiday parties because they tend to frequent people's hands. Unlike microorganisms that cause food to spoil, harmful bacteria cannot be smelled or tasted; therefore, the best prevention of spreading food-borne bacteria is safe food handling.

If illness occurs, however, contact a health professional and describe the symptoms.

For more information about food-borne illness and its prevention, log onto

Health Director's Holiday Greetings

District and County Staff Members
North Georgia Health District 1-2

December 20, 2013

To all employees of the North Georgia Health District,

I would like to extend my warmest Christmas and New Year greetings to each of you and to your families. It is my wish that this Christmas season will bring you much joy, cheerfulness and peace.

In the months I have had the pleasure to work with you, I have come to admire your immense capabilities and strong work ethic. The health district has had some challenges in 2013, but your resilience, resolve and unwavering desire to serve the residents of the North Georgia Health District have taken us wonderfully far toward achieving our public health mission.

I hope you all have a very successful year ahead.

Happy holidays!



Jack Kennedy
John D. Kennedy, M.D., M.B.A.
Interim District Health Director
North Georgia Health District 1-2


Flu is unwanted gift for the holidays

Dalton (GA) -The holiday season is here, and as long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, you want to make sure it's not the flu you are exchanging with loved ones and friends for the holidays.

It's not too late to arm against the flu, and a flu shot can help provide protection.

According to the latest CDC Flu activity report, influenza levels are currently increasing across the country. And since flu activity doesn't usually peak until February in the United States and can last as late as May, it is important for anyone who has not been vaccinated to get a shot now.

Flu vaccine is available at all county health departments in the North Georgia Health District, including Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties. For office hours, call the health department nearest you (phone numbers are listed below) or log onto the North Georgia Health District website at and click on the 'Locations' tab.

In addition to protecting yourself against the flu by getting vaccinated, the Georgia Department of Public Health urges you to also wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Avoid rubbing your eyes or nose with your hands, and cover your coughs and/or sneezes with a tissue or cough into your sleeve, not your hands.

If you do get the flu, get plenty of rest, drink lots of liquids, reduce fever with a non-aspirin pain reliever, and stay home to avoid spreading the flu to others.

For more flu information, log onto


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