LUDOWICI — Information on mosquito control, a new vaccine for shingles, and a back to school immunization clinic topped the agenda items at Long County Board of Health meeting held in mid-June.
Coastal Health District Health Director Dr. Lawton Davis talked to the board about the importance of mosquito control by reminding to Tip ‘n Toss (after every rainfall, tip water out of flowerpots, planters, children’s toys and wading pools, buckets, etc. If it holds water and you don’t need it (old tires, bottles, cans), toss it out.
Davis also updated the board on two bills that recently went into effect: House Bill 673 which requires drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving and HB 513 which requires medical facilities – including health departments – to post signs designating the facility as an authorized location where a newborn child may be left under Georgia’s Safe Haven law.
Davis also told the board about a new shingles vaccine that is now being offered. Shingrix is available for those 50 and older. Shingrix is given in two doses and is more than 90 percent effective at preventing shingles. Shingrix can be given even if a person has already had Zostavax, the vaccine previously offered for preventing shingles.
Coastal Health District Administrator Brent Jordan presented the Long County Health Department’s fiscal year 2019 budget to the Board and it was approved.
Long County Health Department County Nurse Manager Lisa Palmer, RN, told the board that a back-to-school clinic for children in need of health exams and immunizations will be on July 19. She also let the board know that the health department is now open until 7 p.m. every Thursday.
Long County Board of Health meetings are open to the public. The next is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sept. 13, at department, 584 N. Macon St. Ludowici.