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WIC Services and Government Shutdown 2018-2019

Due to the government shutdown that began at midnight eastern standard time on Saturday, December 22, 2018, the Georgia WIC services will not be affected at this time, including the issuance and redemption of WIC vouchers. Participants will be notified if there are any future changes in this matter. Please continue to keep your WIC… Read more »

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Am I Eligible For WIC?

• Must live in Georgia • Infants from birth to 12 months • Children ages 1 to 5 (including foster children) • Pregnant women • Postpartum women (up to 6 months) • Breastfeeding mothers (up to 1 year) Find out if you are eligible at https://dph.georgia.gov/wic-eligibility-assessment. WIC is available at your local Health Department. Please… Read more »

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Winter Guidance for Mosquitoes and Ticks

During this holiday season, please be mindful of mosquitoes and ticks for the winter. Tree hugging mosquitoes may become active on warm afternoons, especially up in tree stands with deer season lasting through January. So please be sure to wear repellant. Ticks and other species are also a year-round problem and remain active in the… Read more »

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Georgia WIC Offers No Cost Nutritional Services

Your local Health Department is offering a special supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children. This program allows those who are employed or unemployed, those who may or may not have Medicaid and those who receive SNAP benefit to receive NUTRITIONAL FOODS AT NO COST. WIC is available at your local Health Department. Please… Read more »

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Flu Diagnosis Update

The 2018-19 Influenza Season officially began September 27, 2018. The first influenza report for this season has been reported the Influenza-like illness (ILI) for Georgia is minimal at present.  The season has just begun and as the weather continues to cool, the influenza season will progress.  The Southeast Health District recommends that the best way… Read more »

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Local Health Departments Recommended Inspections on Well Water

The Department of Public Health recommends that well water owners regularly inspect their wells for sources and entry points of contamination.  Problems can exist with the land surface, the structure covering the well, the slab, the electrical conduit, the well water cap, casing, screen, and filtration equipment.  Shallow and improperly constructed wells are especially vulnerable… Read more »

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Public Health Officials Urge Mosquito Prevention Tips

The Georgia Department of Public Health has determined there have been three human West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the state. Local Public Health officials are urging residents to reduce mosquito populations around their home. Doing so will protect against mosquito bites and the possible spread of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as WNV and Eastern Equine… Read more »

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Microblading Law Reminder 

Environmental Health staff within the Southeast Health District would like to remind microblading artists as of July 1, 2018, they are required to apply for a permit at their local health department. Governor Deal signed a bill permitting microblading, a temporary cosmetic tattooing of the eyebrow, as a legal form of tattooing in Georgia. County… Read more »

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