• Happy Thanksgiving from the North Georgia Health District! Our district offices in Dalton will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 23 and 24. All our Public Health Departments and services in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will also be closed both days. Best wishes from us to you for a healthy and safe holiday!

Dawnville Road puppy tests positive for rabies

rabies picDalton (GA) – On July 12, the Georgia Public Health Laboratory reported to the Whitfield County Environmental Health office that a poodle-mix puppy from the 900-block area of Dawnville Road in Whitfield County was rabid.

Anyone who may have had contact with this cream-colored puppy should contact Whitfield County Environmental Health at 706-272-2005 or the North Georgia Health District at 706-529-5757, extension 1161. Because the rabies virus can be present in the saliva of an animal before it shows symptoms of rabies, health authorities need to talk to anyone who had physical contact with the puppy since June 27 to evaluate their need for preventative rabies treatments.

Once symptoms of rabies start to develop in a human, there is no cure and death is almost certain. If anyone thinks they may have been exposed to rabies, seek medical care at once.

The puppy was too young for a rabies vaccination when a skunk attacked it several weeks ago, biting it in the head and transmitting rabies. There have been three additional rabid skunks in Whitfield County this year.

The rabies virus is transmitted in the saliva of the rabid animal through bites that break the skin or by exposure of the saliva to mucous membranes of the nose or eyes. Puppies lick, gnaw and chew by their nature, so a lick to a fresh wound would also be an exposure to rabies.

Health authorities need to talk with persons who had these kinds of exposures to the saliva of the puppy within the two weeks before it started to become ill on July 7. Simply being around the puppy or handling it would not require rabies treatments. Contact with the saliva is the most important factor in transmitting rabies.

Children should be warned to avoid any contact with stray dogs, cats and wild animals such as skunks, raccoons, bats, bobcats, coyotes, foxes and other wild carnivores. Bites from any of these animals need immediate medical attention. Be certain all pets are currently vaccinated against rabies. Livestock are also susceptible to rabies and can be vaccinated by a veterinarian.

More information about rabies may be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL HEALTH CLINIC in Cherokee County is July 25!

One-Stop Spot for School Students’ State Health Requirements!

Cher BtS July2017 flyerIs your child ready for the upcoming school year? The Cherokee County Health Department is conducting a Back-to-School Health Clinic on Tuesday, July 25th from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at public health department locations in both Canton and Woodstock. The required Hearing, Dental, Vision and BMI/Nutrition Screenings will be available: Total cost for screenings is $50. Also, immunizations will be provided for school-age children for $21.90, each (for uninsured or underinsured). Medicaid (including Amerigroup, Caresource, Peachstate and Wellcare), Peachcare for Kids, HUMANA, AETNA, United Health Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield (immunizations, only), CIGNA and Coventry are accepted. The health department location in Canton is 1219 Univeter Road and the address in Woodstock is 7545 North Main Street. For more information, please call (770) 345-7371 in Canton or (770) 928-0133 in Woodstock.


Born between 1945 and 1965? YOU need to be tested for Hepatitis C! Hepatitis C Clinic in Blue Ridge Graphic 4web

Blue Ridge, GA – The Fannin County Health Department is conducting a HEPATITIS C CLINIC on Monday, July 10th from 9 AM to Noon at their location at 95 Ouida Street in Blue Ridge. The clinic is offering FREE Rapid Hepatitis C Testing. Hepatitis C is 10 times more infectious that HIV and more than 75% of adults with Hepatitis C are Baby Boomers – people born between 1945 and 1965. Most people who are infected with Hepatitis C don’t know it; therefore, getting tested is key! For more information about the upcoming HEPATITIS C CLINIC in Blue Ridge, contact the Fannin County Health Department at (706) 632-3023.


You Can QUIT with the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line: 1-877-270-STOP

Ready to Quit

wellness smoking20quit20gal crop smYOU can quit smoking today. We can help. When you are ready, we are here. Improve your chances of quitting by calling the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (GTQL).

English:                    1-877-270-STOP (877-270-7867)

Spanish:                   1-855 DEJELO-YA

Hearing Impaired:    1-877-777-6534

Hours of Operation: Available every day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays)

What is the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line?

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a public health service funded by the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement through the Georgia State Legislature. It is a FREE, confidential and effective service is available to assist Georgians with quitting smoking and all forms of tobacco. The quit line is monitored by GTUPP and partners with a national tobacco cessation vendor to provide telephone and web-based counseling services in accordance with the United States Public Health Service Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Clinical Practice Guidelines. The services provided by the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line (GTQL) are effective, evidence-based interventions to help Georgians quit smoking and using any other smokeless tobacco products (i.e., dip or snuff).

Who can call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line?

An array of Georgians can call the quit line for their specific needs including tobacco users themselves; family members, friends, healthcare providers, public health professionals, employers, and any other Georgian. Services are provided for any tobacco user 13 years or older living in Georgia.

Which services are provided by the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line?

  • Confidential, professional tobacco cessation telephone & web-based counseling to Georgia tobacco users aged 13 years and older
  • 4-call program available to all  Georgians
  • 10-call specialty program available to pregnant and postpartum women
  • Cessation services that address the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco products.
  • Qualified interpreters work with specialists to accommodate callers who speak different languages.
  • Referral to community resources
  • *While supplies last, receive a free, 4-week supply of Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRTs) (gum or patch) available to Georgia adults aged 18 years and older.
  • *While supplies last, receive a free, 4-week supply of NRTs (gum or patch) for Medicaid recipients aged 18 years and older.

What are the benefits of calling the tobacco quit line?

  • Highly effective. Quit coaches improve the chances of quitting by 50%.
  • Receive helpful quitting tips/techniques and support.
  • Eliminates barriers of traditional cessation classes such as, waiting for a class to be held or having to drive to a location in order to be in a class.
  • Provides easy access for people who live in rural or remote areas.
  • Empowers callers who may feel uncomfortable with seeking help in a group setting

Additional Resources

Chronic Disease: Your Reason for Quitting Today

Comprehensive Annual Evaluation Report

Data Summary: Tobacco Quit Line and Smoking Cessation

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line Supplemental Sustainability Plan

GTQL-Fax Referral Form-English

GTQL Fax Referral Form-Spanish

Help Your Patients Quit Smoking Today

How Does the Quit Line Work?

Myths about NRT (Nicotine Replacement Therapy)

Press Release: Make a Plan to Quit Tobacco for Good

Resource for Providers-E-Cigarettes: A Hard Conversation Is Worth Having

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Within 20 Minutes of Quitting

Your Reason for Quitting Today


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