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Flu apparently has claimed Bryan County child

A Coastal Health District spokeperson confirmed Monday that a 4-year-old girl from Bryan County died of an "influenza-related" illness Sunday in a Savannah Hospital.

October 19, 2009 | Special to the Courier Bryan County News | Living well


October is physical therapy month in Hinesville

On Oct. 1, Mayor James Thomas proclaimed October physical therapy month in Hinesville. Spine and Sport spokeswoman Jodi Laird joined Thomas as he signed a proclamation and said she was grateful for the recognition.

October 19, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Hospitals handling flu so far

According to Liberty Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Rene' Harwell, already this season there has been a significant increase in patients who have come to the hospital with the flu.

October 14, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


It's never too soon to talk to children about sex

October is the health department's "Let's talk" month, and the campaign encourages parents to talk to their children about sex and sexuality.

October 07, 2009 | By Linda Ratcliffe Columnist | Living well


Health department has H1N1 vaccines

The Liberty County Health Department has received 400 of 3,200 doses of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine that were distributed Tuesday to eight coastal counties by the Coastal Health District.

October 07, 2009 | By Frenchi Jones Correspondent | Living well


Drive-through clinic practices for epidemic

On Wednesday and Thursday, Hinesville emergency authorities and health-care officials set up drive-through flu vaccination stations to help prepare local residents for the flu season and to practice for an emergency epidemic situation, which would require mass vaccinations.

October 02, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


School absentee rate stable despite flu

While some Georgia school systems are experiencing unusually high student absentee rates due to the abnormal flu season - some districts have reported double the normal rate - Liberty County School System administrators said rates in our schools are stable.

September 25, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


Drive-through flu shots planned

The Liberty County Health Department will hold drive-through immunization clinics from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at James A. Brown Park in Hinesville, and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Coastal EMC in Midway .

September 23, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


GPB special on chilhood obesity

Georgia Public Broadcasting will televise "Georgia Weighs In: A Childhood Obesity Special" at 8 p.m. Thursday. The broadcast is part of GPB's "Happy Healthy Kids" initiative in partnership with the Aetna Foundation. The initiative seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of childhood obesity and provide resources for prevention.

September 23, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Flu season arrives early

WASHINGTON - Influenza is circulating unusually early this year with cases in all 50 states - nearly all the swine flu variety, government health officials said Friday.

The highest concentration of flu cases is in the Southeast and a few other states, Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a briefing.

September 12, 2009 | By Randolph E. Schmid AP science writer | Living well


Long County Health Dept. offers flu shots

The Long County Health Department has planned several seasonal flu vaccination clinics.

September 09, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Schools, military take precautions against flu

Flu season is only weeks away, and with the addition of the H1N1 strain, area health officials are bracing for a busy fall.

September 04, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Living well


stop-smoking patches offered free in Long

The Long County Health Department is giving stop-smoking patches to residents who are struggling to quit smoking.

September 02, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


DCH encourages Georgians to 'roll up sleeves'

ATLANTA - Dr. Rhonda Medows, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, recently announced the launch of the "Roll Up Your Sleeve" campaign. The campaign aims to educate Georgians about the seasonal flu and novel influenza A (H1N1) and encourage citizens in high-risk groups to get vaccinated.

August 26, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


AARP hopes to fill gap in Medicare drug plan

ATLANTA - By the end of this summer, more than one million Americans will have fallen into the "doughnut hole" - a coverage gap in Medicare's prescription drug program that leaves individuals on the hook for all of their drug costs while still paying premiums.

August 12, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Living well


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Winn working toward baby-friendly designation

Fort Stewart's Winn Army Community Hospital is on its way to achieving a coveted baby-friendly designation. The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program launched in 1991, encourages hospitals to offer the best care for new families and encourage breast-feeding. To achieve the program's baby-friendly designation, hospitals must successfully implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and comply with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

October 19, 2014 | By Dr. Maj. Amber McCusker Special to the Courier | Living well


New CEO at primary care center

J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care Center, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide affordable health-care services to the Savannah community, recently promoted Dr. Michael Adams to chief medical officer.

October 19, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Friends are good medicine

At Canyon Ranch Institute, a short quote on the wall of the offices serves as a call to action. One of the CRI team members heard it at a reunion many years ago, and it stuck with us: "Friends are medicine."

October 19, 2014 | By Jennifer Cabe Special to the Courier | Living well


Hospice's silent auction aids services

The Miniature Masterpieces art show will hang in the Hospice Savannah Art Gallery as part of the annual fall show and silent auction.

October 18, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Red Cross hopes donating becomes habit

The American Red Cross likes to remind eligible donors that it's never too late - or too early - to make blood donation a lifelong habit.

October 17, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


Health department has flu vaccine

The Liberty County Health Department now has flu vaccines available through injection and nasal spray for $28.

October 16, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


GSU officials discuss infections diseases

STATESBORO - Members of the Georgia Southern University Pandemic Influenza and Emergency Infectious Disease Committee met last week to discuss community and campus preparedness and response related to infectious diseases such as the ebola virus and influenza.

October 15, 2014 | Special to the Courier | Living well


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