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Cobb Public health offering seasonal flu vaccine

Cobb Public health offering seasonal flu vaccine

Cobb & Douglas Public Health immunization clinic is going mobile in an effort to get annual flu vaccines to the community. In addition to offering annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at all public health centers, the health department is also offering them for local businesses and community events for groups of 20 or more people.

This year's flu vaccine includes protection against three different viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. The cost is $20 and children without health insurance and children with Medicaid PeachCare are eligible for a sliding fee.

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in water comes from the improper disposal of unused medications flushed down drains. Organizations in Cobb have teamed up to educate the public about this issue and reduce pharmaceuticals in our waterways. Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Keep Cobb Beautiful, Cobb Water System, Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Senior Services to provide safe disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

A Medication Disposal Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. This is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused medications without even leaving their cars.

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

Medication Disposal Day planned this Saturday

The largest source of pharmaceutical byproducts in water comes from the improper disposal of unused medications flushed down drains. Organizations in Cobb have teamed up to educate the public about this issue and reduce pharmaceuticals in our waterways. Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Keep Cobb Beautiful, Cobb Water System, Cobb Public Safety and Cobb Senior Services to provide safe disposal of unused, expired prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

A Medication Disposal Day will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at East Cobb Senior Center, 3332 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. This is an opportunity for residents to safely dispose of outdated or unused medications without even leaving their cars.

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

Creekview High among schools that 'rock' for MDA

CANTON, Ga. -- More than 60 schools participated in this year's School ShamROCKS Program sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Together, these schools raised over $34,000 to fight muscular dystrophy.

Creekview High School in Canton was this year's big winner, raising $2,000 for MDA.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

Time to get a flu shot

Time to get a flu shot

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Flu season will be here before we know it, and the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Immunization Clinic is going mobile in an effort to help citizens combat the virus.

In addition to offering flu vaccinations to everyone six months and older at all public health centers, CDPH is giving them at local workplaces and events for groups of 20 or more people.

"We are committed to ensuring everyone is properly protected, so we're encouraging community members to walk in to one of our many clinic locations. However, we're also ready and willing to come to any group in Cobb or Douglas County that has 20 or more people who'd like to get immunized," said Karen Thomas, district immunization director for CDPH.

This year's flu vaccine costs $20.

Diabetes class today teaches how to manage disease

Diabetes class today teaches how to manage disease

Cobb County -- 

Staff from the Diabetes Association of Atlanta will host a self-management education class 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, at the Cobb Extension Office, 678 South Cobb Drive, Suite 200, Marietta. The class is tailored to people with diabetes, pre-diabetes or support personnel for a diabetic people. Topics of discussion will include living with diabetes, exercise, medications, meal planning, long term complications, behavior changes and community resources. The class is taught by licensed dietitians, registered nurses and certified diabetes educators. Medicare and some insurances are accepted. A self-pay fee and sliding scale is available for those without insurance. For more information, call the Diabetes Association of Atlanta at 404-527-7050, Ext. 114.