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Health departments highlight effort to immunize infants against life-threatening diseases

By   /  April 13, 2012  /  Health  /  Comments Off

Tweet     Written by Carolyn Maschke   Southwest Health District’s 14 county health departments are joining with counterparts across the globe this month to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases. National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance that since 1994 has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, [...]

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Public Health urges taking early precautions against mosquito-borne illnesses

By   /  April 8, 2012  /  Health  /  Comments Off

Tweet     Written by Carolyn Maschke   Usually West Nile virus is a seasonal epidemic that flares up in the summer – peaking in South Georgia in August – and continuing into the fall. But this year an unusually warm winter and unseasonably warm spring may be behind higher than average mosquito activity across [...]

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“Affair of the Heart” luncheon Feb. 29 singles out effect of heart disease on women

By   /  February 24, 2012  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet     Written by Carolyn Maschke   Although heart disease is sometimes thought of as a man’s disease, around the same number of women as men die from it each year in the United States. To help raise awareness about the toll heart disease takes on women, the Dougherty County Health Department, the Albany [...]

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County health departments now offering vaccine that prevents shingles

By   /  January 16, 2012  /  Health, Press Releases  /  Comments Off

Tweet     Written by Carolyn Maschke   A vaccine recommended for people 60 and older to prevent shingles is now available at Southwest District’s 14 county health departments. “The older a person is, the more severe the effects of shingles typically are,” Southwest Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant said. “The National Centers for [...]

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Diabetes patients’ feet topic of Friday seminar

By   /  March 28, 2010  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet Poor blood flow, nerve damage and other conditions can turn minor foot problems into career-ending, life-threatening complications from diabetes, warns Dougherty County Health Department Director Cheryl Henley. “People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, which can develop without their knowledge,” said Henley. “Nerve damage, or neuropathy, to the feet is common. Diabetic nerve [...]

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Poisoning from prescription drugs common, serious

By   /  March 28, 2010  /  Health  /   Comments

Tweet Each year, inadvertent poisoning results in more than 700,000 emergency room visits, 120,000 hospitalizations and a growing number of fatalities, says Southwest Health District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant. “The same prescription drugs that help control or prevent disease or reduce pain when used correctly can be harmful – or even lethal – if [...]

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