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Public Health Closings and Delays in North Georgia for Thursday, January 18

North GA – Due to possible residual hazardous road conditions tomorrow, Thursday, January 18th, the North Georgia Health District office in Dalton, GA and Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray and Whitfield County Health Departments will DELAY Opening until 12 PM. The Pickens County Health Department will be CLOSED all day on Thursday. These delays and closing will affect all public health services in these counties, including Environmental Health, WIC and Child Medical Services. We apologize for any inconvenience.

This information is subject to change. All updates will be sent to the media and will be posted to the North Georgia Health District website at

Public Health Closings and Delays in North Georgia

North GA – Due to weather concerns that could involve hazardous road conditions, the Gilmer County Health Department closed today at 1 PM. The North Georgia Health District offices in Dalton and Health Departments in Fannin, Murray and Whitfield Counties will close today at 3 PM and the Pickens County Health Department will close early at 5 PM.

All our district offices and health departments in Cherokee, Fannin, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens and Whitfield Counties will delay opening until 10 AM tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. These closings and delays pertain to all our public health services, including Environmental Health, WIC and Child Medical Services.

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Widespread Flu in Georgia

ATLANTA – If you have not gotten a flu shot yet, do not wait any longer! Flu is widespread in Georgia, and more than three hundred individuals have been hospitalized with flu-related illness. The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed four flu-related deaths so far, but that number is expected to increase.

The predominant strain of flu circulating in Georgia and around the country is influenza A (H3N2). This strain can be particularly hard on the very young, people over age 65, or those with existing medical conditions. H3N2 is one of the strains contained in this year’s flu vaccine along with two or three others, depending on the vaccine.

“It is not too late to get a flu shot,” says J. Patrick O’Neal, M.D., DPH commissioner. “Every individual over the age of six months should get a flu vaccine – not just for their own protection, but to protect others around them who may be more vulnerable to the flu and its complications.”

Flu symptoms and their intensity can vary from person to person, and can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. If you think you have the flu, call or visit your doctor.

In some cases, healthcare providers may recommend the use of antivirals such as Tamiflu® or Relenza®. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid, an inhaled powder or an intravenous solution) that fight against the flu in your body. Antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within two days of getting sick. Antivirals are used to treat those at high-risk for flu complications – young children, the elderly, individuals with underlying medical conditions and women who are pregnant. Most otherwise-healthy people who get the flu, however, do not need to be treated with antiviral drugs.

There are other things you can do to help prevent the spread of flu – tried and true measures your mother taught you.