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Fulton County Health Services Promotes Adult Immunizations

Fulton County Health Services Promotes Adult Immunizations

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Immunizations are not just for children.  Adults also need to be current with their vaccinations.  In recognition of National Immunization Month, Fulton County Health Services is promoting adult immunizations.  Immunizations are important so that adults may protect themselves and those they are in close contact with from serious diseases and illnesses. 

The need for adult immunizations is determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout an adult’s life, immunizations are needed to maintain protection against diseases and illnesses such as the flu, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and shingles.  Adults should talk to their health care provider about needed vaccines.

Fulton Health Services Urges Prevention During West Nile Virus Season

Fulton Health Services Urges Prevention During West Nile Virus Season

Fulton County Health Services urges residents to use preventive measures to deter mosquito growth in their neighborhoods.  West Nile Virus (WNV) can cause a serious illness and is transmitted from mosquitoes to humans.  The occurrence of this virus increases in the summer and continues into the fall. 

“We are entering the season for increased mosquito activity,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “In 2011, two human cases of West Nile Virus were identified in Fulton. It is important for us to continue our prevention program and for everyone to use preventive measures to protect themselves and their families against the virus.” 

Fulton Health Services Offers Pertussis Vaccine

Fulton Health Services Offers Pertussis Vaccine

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, whooping cough, also known as pertussis, has recently increased in the eight-county metropolitan Atlanta area of Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale counties. As of July 28, 2012, 95 cases of whooping cough have been reported, compared to 51 cases during the same time period last year.  The pertussis vaccine is available at Fulton County Health Centers.

The increase is similar to national trends, as the U.S. appears to be headed for its worst year for whooping cough in more than five decades. Nearly 18,000 cases have been reported nationally so far—more than twice the number seen last year.

Fulton County Health partners to protect students' health

Fulton County Health partners to protect students' health

ATLANTA -- Today, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has signed a memorandum of understanding with Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and the Georgia Head Start Association to raise awareness of daily air quality conditions as part of the county’s Fulton Asthma Improvement and Reduction (F.A.I.R.) initiative to address asthma-related health disparities.  According to the American Lung Association, 24,657 children and nearly 55,000 adults in Fulton County suffer from asthma.

“This memorandum of understanding places us in a position  to directly affect the health outcomes of our youngest residents,” states Patrice A. Harris, Director, Fulton County Health Services.  “It also allows us to educate not only the student, but also parents and teachers about the effect of poor air quality and asthma triggers.”

Fulton County Health Services Sponsors Back-to-School Immunization Rush Weeks

Fulton County Health Services Sponsors Back-to-School Immunization Rush Weeks

Fulton County Health Services will sponsor Back to School Immunization Rush Weeks to provide required back-to-school immunizations and eye, ear and dental (EED’s) screenings at three (3) regional health centers to help parents prepare their children to enter school.  Forms of accepted payment include Cash, Medicaid, Cigna, United Health Care, VISA and Master Card. 

During two weeks, the three designated health centers will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school.  All health centers will be open for service, but during those two weeks, parents are encouraged to use the three centers identified as vaccinations zones.

Immunizations and EED’s will be provided from 9:00am – 3:00pm during the following weeks at the following county facilities:

Fulton County Health Services chosen for new HIV care collaborative

Fulton County Health Services chosen for new HIV care collaborative

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Health Services has been chosen to be a part of a three-year, $3 million initiative that will support three public health departments (Houston and Philadelphia in addition to Fulton County) to connect more people living with HIV in high-burden communities to the care they need to stay healthy. The initiative will be launched at the start of the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. with funding support from the Merck Company Foundation.

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Robotic surgery improves treatment of ovarian cancer

Robotic surgery improves treatment of ovarian cancer

ATLANTA -- Ovarian cancer strikes about one in 70 women and accounts for about 50 percent of the deaths caused by gynecological cancers. About half who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer are 60 years or older.

“Ovarian cancer used to be known as a silent killer,” says John McBroom, M.D., gynecologic oncologist with Piedmont Hospital. “But more recently, we’ve found that about 90 percent of women have subtle symptoms. The problem is they are difficult to distinguish between upset stomach or indigestion.”