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PinkOutInPickens.JPGOther than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S. and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Every year, about 200,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported nationwide and more than 40,000 women die from this disease.* Your County Public Health Department reminds you that getting mammograms regularly can help prevent breast cancer. If you are 50 to 74 years old, be sure to have a screening mammogram every two years. If you are 40 to 49 years old, talk to your county health department or your healthcare provider about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram. Get more information about breast cancer and its prevention from the CDC at



Locations and phone numbers for County Health Departments in North Georgia Health District 1-2:

Cherokee County:      1219 Univeter Road, Canton, GA 30115 / (770) 345-7371, or

                    7545 N. Main Street, Woodstock, GA 30188 / (770) 928-0133

Fannin County:           95 Ouida Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 / (706) 632-3023

Gilmer County:           28 Southside Church Street, Ellijay, GA 30540 / (706) 635-4363

Murray County:          709 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, GA 30705 / (706) 695-4585

Pickens County:          60 Health Way, Jasper, GA 30143 / (706) 253-2821

Whitfield County:      800 Professional Boulevard, Dalton, GA 30720 / (706) 281-2259


*CDC – Breast Cancer Awareness (







Margie_Pritchett_of_Gilmer_County_arms_herself_against_the_flu.jpgNorth Georgia – Getting a flu shot was never easier than at the Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics held this fall in North Georgia. 1,573 residents of Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties rolled in, rolled up a sleeve and armed themselves in time for flu season.
The annual Drive-by Flu Shot Clinics began this year in Jasper on September 22nd and ended in Ellijay on October 15th.
At the clinics, county health department staff offered the quadrivalent flu shot that protects against four strains of flu as well as Fluzone High Dose, which provides added protection for people ages 65 and older.
Additionally, the clinics served as an opportunity for the county health departments and partnering agencies to test local plans for rapidly administering medication during a public health crisis. Participating community partners included local law enforcement, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), businesses and first responders such as the county Emergency Management Agency, Emergency Medical Services and Fire Departments.
“Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death,” said Dr. Zachary Taylor, health director for North Georgia Health District 1-2 of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “This year’s drive-by flu shot clinics provided convenient opportunities to get immunized against influenza and we are happy that over 1500 residents came for a vaccination. However, anyone who has not yet been immunized should contact their local health department or private healthcare provider to arrange for a flu shot right away.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this time of year is when flu viruses begin circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population, so a well-timed seasonal flu vaccination each year is the best way to reduce the chances of getting seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people are vaccinated in a community, less flu can spread throughout that local population. 1
The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to avoid the spread of flu: 2
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.Drive-by_Shots_Per_County_2015-Web.jpg
  • While sick, limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
  • If sick with flu-like symptoms – such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, runny nose, fatigue or vomiting and/or diarrhea – stay home for at least 24 hours after fever is gone without the aid of medication.
  • Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the tissue away.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water, if available – if not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth – germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.


For more information about influenza, its prevention and treatment, log onto the CDC website at
To contact a county health department in the North Georgia Health District for a flu shot or to find the nearest health department location, log onto and click on the LOCATIONS tab.
(View photos of each county's Drive-by Flu Shot Clinic on Facebook)


1 CDC – Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine (

2 CDC – Flu Symptoms & Severity (

Breast Cancer Awareness Day will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at the Murray County Health Department from 8 AM to 4 PM! Free breast exams will be offered with no appointment necessary and breast cancer prevention education will be available to everyone. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Chatsworth Mayor Dan Penland signed a proclamation declaring it to be Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the city of Chatsworth. So, find out more about how you can prevent breast cancer for yourself or for someone you love at Breast Cancer Awareness Day at the Murray County Health Department on Old Dalton-Ellijay Road in Chatsworth. Call (706) 695-4585 for details. For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness and the prevention of other types of cancer, log onto