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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
The Long County Health Department has planned several seasonal flu vaccination clinics.
Flu season is only weeks away, and with the addition of the H1N1 strain, area health officials are bracing for a busy fall.
The Long County Health Department is giving stop-smoking patches to residents who are struggling to quit smoking.
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.
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.
Health care reform took front seat at another town hall meeting this week.
Everyone may soon be getting a shot in the arm for protection against swine flu as health insurance providers and public health officials prepare for a national vaccine program.
SAVANNAH -The American Red Cross urges individuals to donate blood as soon as possible. The current blood supply has dropped critically low throughout the Southeast.
JESUP - "Now, you can see what the intensity level is about this… and I welcome all points of view," U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, said before hundreds of people at Wednesday's town hall meeting here on health care reform.
The country's health care system stands on the brink of a possible overhaul, which could save lives or cost lives, or save tax money or cost more, depending on who's talking about the various plans being advanced.
SAVANNAH - A renowned palliative-care expert from Johns Hopkins is coming to Savannah at the end of the month as part of Hospice Savannah Inc. and The Steward Center for Palliative Care's seventh annual lecture series.
BRUNSWICK - What does it really imply if products are listed as all-natural or gluten-free? Which part of the label should consumers review first? What is the appropriate amount of beneficial nutrients?
January has been good to the global Ebola effort. Health officials report that the disease is slowing down in West Africa, as they offer an optimistic outlook for 2015.
Here we are in the new year, and if you're like most people, you've made resolutions to lose weight, eat better, get more exercise and generally take better care of yourself.
Willie Mae Jacobs, a Liberty County native and Liberty Regional Medical Center employee with nearly 50 years of nursing experience, recently celebrated her retirement with family and friends in the LRMC cafe.
The holidays are meant to be a time of joy, renewal and togetherness. However, in the relations between people, there also can be less-than-positive interactions - even jealousy and anger. Sometimes, we don't take very good care of each other or ourselves.
Lisa Johnson Sommers of Richmond Hill recently joined The Coastal Family of Pharmacies and will split her time between two locations: Richmond Hill Pharmacy and Hinesville Pharmacy.
There are a few things that I always look forward to during the holiday season. Getting together with family is the first.
The holidays are a time of overindulgence. People often eat way too much, and frequently their pets are right there beside them.
One of the easiest, least expensive ways to stay healthy often is one of the most overlooked. Avoiding the common cold - or worse, the flu - can be as easy as washing your hands.
The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc. began assisting eligible households with their heating bills this week.
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