Coastal Health District

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Changes to Take Place in Health-Related School Attendance Requirements for the 2014-2015 School Year

The 2014-2015 school year will bring changes for some children attending Georgia schools. Health department officials in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties want to make communities aware of those changes now, before the end of the current school year.

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COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS
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Bryan County Health Department

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The Bryan County Health Department serves the residents of Bryan County with clinics in Pembroke and Richmond Hill.

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Camden County Health Department

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The Camden County Health Department serves the residents of Camden County with clinics in St. Marys and Woodbine.

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Chatham County Health Department

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The Chatham County Health Department serves the residents of Chatham County with two clinics and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Coastal Health District

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The Coastal Health District serves Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh counties in the state of Georgia.

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Effingham County Health Department

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The Effingham County Health Department serves the residents of Effingham County with a clinic in Springfield.

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Glynn County Health Department

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The Glynn County Health Department serves the residents of Glynn County with a clinic and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Liberty County Health Department

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The Liberty County Health Department serves the residents of Liberty County with three clinics and a CARE Center for people with HIV/AIDS.

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Long County Health Department

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The Long County Health Department serves the residents of Long County with a clinic in Ludowici.

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McIntosh County Health Department

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The McIntosh County Health Department serves residents of McIntosh County with a clinic in Townsend.

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LOCAL HEALTH NEWS

Chatham Co. Health Dept. to Hold Free Eye, Ear, Dental, & Nutrition Screening for School Students

April 14, 2014 - The Chatham County Health Department (Eisenhower location only) will hold a free eye, ear, dental, and nutrition screening for Chatham County School students. (Normally a $30 fee applies when getting the screening at the health department) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Students will be seen on a first come, first served basis and no appointment necessary.

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Chatham County Health Department Achieves LEED Gold Status

April 8, 2014 - Chatham County Health Department officials announced today that the Dr. Martha B. Fay Public Health Center/Chatham County Health Department facility on Eisenhower Drive has been given Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Chatham County Health Department is the only health department in the Southeastern United States and only one of a handful of health departments throughout the entire country to achieve LEED Gold status.

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Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 7 - 13

April 1, 2014 - What is public health? It's helping people quit tobacco. It's inspecting restaurants for potential causes of foodborne illness. It's the prevention and treatment of HIV. It's watching for signs of disease outbreaks. It's making sure that residents who are most vulnerable are evacuated before a hurricane. It's educating mothers-to-be on the importance of breastfeeding. It's protecting children against diseases that can be prevented. It's all of that and much more. Public health touches every life at one time or another. National Public Health Week (NPHW), April 7 - 13, is a time to spread the news about the value of public health.

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Bryan County Health Department Offers Shingles Vaccine

March 25, 2014 - Shingles, which is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, is an infection that can cause a very painful rash and about half of all cases occur in people over 60. The only way to lower the risk of getting shingles and the pain that's associated with it is to get vaccinated. The Bryan County Health Department currently has shingles vaccine available for those 60 and older.

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Raccoon on Savannah's Southside Tests Positive for Rabies

March 14, 2014 - A raccoon near the Coffee Bluff area on Savannah's Southside has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was captured after it got into a fight with a family dog. The dog is up-to-date on his rabies vaccination and will also receive a booster.

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Changes to Take Place in Health-Related School Attendance Requirements for the 2014-2015 School Year

March 3, 2014 - The 2014-2015 school year will bring changes for some children attending Georgia schools. Health department officials in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties want to make communities aware of those changes now, before the end of the current school year.

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Babies Can't Wait Public Comment Period

March 3, 2014 - Babies Can't Wait (BCW), Georgia's statewide early intervention system for infants and toddlers with special needs, ages birth to three, and their families, invites interested persons to participate in a 60-day public comment period for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 Annual State Application under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Fiscal Policies.

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Two Raccoons Test Positive for Rabies after Family Pet; Landscaper Exposed in Unrelated Incidents

February 26, 2014 - A family dog in Thunderbolt that was not up-to-date on his rabies vaccination is now in quarantine at Savannah Chatham Animal Control after being exposed to a raccoon that tested positive for rabies. In an unrelated incident, a landscaper working on Skidaway Island is being advised to follow up with his physician after picking up a raccoon that also tested positive for rabies. Chatham County Environmental Health officials remind residents to avoid contact with wild or stray animals and get pets vaccinated against rabies.

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WIC Appointment Call Center Up and Running

February 25, 2014 - The toll-free appointment call center (1-855-262-7670) for the Coastal Health District's Women, Infants, and Children's (WIC) supplemental nutrition program is now functioning properly. The call center, used for women who have questions about WIC services or need to schedule or reschedule WIC appointments, was previously out of service for a couple of weeks. The local call center number for Glynn and McIntosh counties (912-289-1810) is also working correctly.

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Flu-Related Death Confirmed in Glynn County

February 21, 2014 - The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed the flu-related death of an adult male in Glynn County. This is the third confirmed flu-related death in the Coastal Health District. In addition to the death in Glynn County, there have been two confirmed flu-related deaths in Chatham County. There have been a total of 43 confirmed flu-related deaths in Georgia.

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