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You are invited to Social Services Database Inc.'s Second Feeding in Olympic Park.
Rain or shine, it will be this Saturday the 28th at 1 PM in Olympic Park. Olympic Park is on South Ashley bordered by the DFCS building, the railroad tracks and the Patterson Ave. overpass.
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Social Services Database Inc. teamed up with Lowndes Associated Ministries for People in making possible for 15 residents at The New Horizons Homeless Shelter to gain employment opportunities at the South Georgia Coalition of Employment Job Expo. Also 5 of the attendees registered with Wiregrass Technical School to pursue educational opportunities.
An outbreak of influenza is apparently peaking in the Rome area which has prompted Redmond Regional Medical Center, Floyd Medical Center and Polk Medical Center to restrict visitors to the hospitals.
All three hospitals are restricting visitors to immediate family members and no one under the age of 13.
The flu can cause serious complications, even be fatal, particularly for the very young, the elderly and those with certain existing medical conditions.
Northwest Georgia Public Health spokesman Logan Boss said the predominant strain that is going around is the H3N2. "It's an A strain that can be particularly tough for the very young and the elderly," Boss said.
Boss said this strain typically results in more hospitalization and deaths than are seen in the "normal" flu season. Boss said of the five confirmed flu deaths in Georgia, one was an elderly Bartow County resident with underlying medical conditions.
Nancy Nydam, a spokesman for the Department of Public Health in Atlanta said more than 300 people have been hospitalized across the state.
Boss said he would not be surprised at all if the number of flu-related deaths does not go up.
"Normally, the peak of our flu season is in February," Boss said.
Redmond Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Andrea Pitts said since Jan. 1 Redmond has tested nearly 200 patients for influenza.
"Of those patients tested, approximately 20 percent have tested positive for the flu. This is an increase from December when of 274 patients tested, 9.5 percent showed positive results for the flu."
“If you think you have the flu, the best action to take is to visit your primary care doctor or an urgent care office as soon as possible,” said Dr. Robert Holcombe Jr., medical director, Floyd Urgent Care.
Visitorswho are allowed to see loved ones in the local hospitals are encouraged to wash their hands frequently while in the hospital and wear protective face masksin the event they are asked to do so.
“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.”
"Influenza is probably the most unpredictable infectious disease that we deal with in public health," Boss said. "It makes it incredibly difficult to develop vaccines, it's a guessing game, to develop a vaccine that will be effective against a flu virus six months out." Boss admitted the vaccine this year has been less effective than some in years gone by but said it's still the best protection available.
1. Gail Seifert, Director of the Ware County Children's Initiative, is working diligently with their teen pregnancy/teen moms group, Hope Circle, to help these girls achieve an education, learn parenting skills, and learn about choices and how they can affect your future. Brantley, Pierce, and Ware counties, have written into their Annual Plans, a partnership in the coming fiscal year for a Tri-County Initiative. We know their is strength in numbers and we hope to bring some great programs into fruition soon!
2. Sharon Paris, Kinship Navigator for DFCS, is looking for families who need her help. She guides and supports families that are raising children that are not their own. They do not have to be related to receive assistance. If you know of any families that are raising someone else's children as their own please contact Sharon Paris firstname.lastname@example.org (229) 237-2076 . She has an amazing amount of knowledge and experience. These caregivers need all the support they can get!
3. John McCrae, ACA Navigator with McKinney Medical, without a repeal to the Affordable Care Act, families should still be enrolling for insurance whether it's through the exchange or through their place of work. Open enrollment for ACA this year will be from November 1st - December 31st.
4. Anita Young, Parent, Family, and Community Engagement with Concerted Services, Head Start, wants all families that have children 0-4 to fill out an enrollment form for Head Start/ Early Head Start for the upcoming year. Special considerations are given to children with Special Needs.
5. Kristi Murphy, Parent Mentor for PC Schools, invites everyone out to Autism Awareness Day, a FREE event for the WHOLE community with food, bounce houses, crafts, for kids, etc. on April 29th at the Okefenokee Heritage Center !!
6. Laneisha Williams with Unison Behavioral Health has invited everyone to Mary ST. Park on May 1st from 4-6 for FUN DAY IN THE PARK. A free family event! Come on out and show your support for Unison and the community.
Some other highlights....
Final food distribution for this distribution period is May 9th from 11-1. The next sign up day will be around the second week in August.
Teen Maze for Pierce County will be sometime in October, be ready to come out and visit us on Community Night!!
On the 26th and 27th, I will be attending the SEHD Annual Meeting with Ambi and Gail in Macon. In this Region for SEHD 14 of the 16 counties have Teen Maze and the other 2 have signed up to get one started. That's a HUGE feat! Hooray!
Over 300 books have gone out of the little library in Blackshear City Park and as of today, we have funding for another one, AND we have received close to 500 books in donations during our recent book drive!
Our next collaborative meeting is May 17th, then we will break for summer!
SocialServicesDatabase.com℠ would like to thank the First Baptist Food Ministry at Central and Toombs St. for inviting us to be present Saturday March 5th and Monday March 7th at 9:00 AM to help its clients find resources.
Recently we have been asked to find affordable housing for a person with a disability and someone that is receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) asked for help purchasing a new heater unit for a home they own. If you need any resources to make your life easier, Please drop by this Saturday or Monday. We don’t have any money to give out, but we might be able to point you in the direction of an agency that may help you.
We have teamed up with the case worker at Salvation Army to update and verify the food pantry list. The latest revision is posted at http://www.socialservicesdatabase.com/lowndes-county-food-pantries.html
We hope to see you at the food pantry!
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First Confirmed Case of Measles in Georgia
Posted: February 09, 2015 by Courtney Sheeley
Category: District News Release
Related: measles, Atlanta, Georgia, first case
Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is confirming the state’s first reported case of measles since 2012. The infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S. and is being cared for at Egleston at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). DPH is working with CHOA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient and to prevent further spread of measles.
Measles is a highly contagious, serious respiratory disease. It is particularly dangerous for infants who cannot be immunized until they are at least six months old and young children who have only received one dose of measles vaccine.
Measles spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes and respiratory droplets travel through the air. Measles virus can live in the air and on surfaces for two to three hours. Almost everyone who has not been vaccinated will get measles if they are exposed to the virus.
Symptoms of measles include:
Fever (can be very high)
Cough, runny nose and red eyes
Tiny white spots on the inner lining of the cheek – also called Koplik’s spots
Rash of tiny, red spots that start at the head and spreads to the rest of the body (spots may become joined together as they spread)
Measles generally can be prevented through vaccination. The measles vaccine (MMR) is highly effective, in most cases about 97 percent effective.
“Keeping immunization levels high is critical to preventing outbreaks or sustained transmission in Georgia,” said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “More than 98 percent of children heading into kindergarten in our state have received all school required vaccines, which includes two doses of measles vaccine.”
Doctors recommend 2 doses of MMR vaccine for best protection. The first dose is given to children 12-15 months old, the second dose between 4-6 years. Students at colleges and universities who do not have evidence of immunity against measles need two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days. Adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of MMR vaccine, especially if they are considering travel outside of the U.S. or were born in the early 1960’s when a less effective vaccine was used. A simple blood test can determine if a person has measles immunity.
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, because of high population immunity achieved by very effective measles vaccine coverage. But measles still exists in many parts of the world, and outbreaks can occur in the U.S. when unvaccinated individuals or groups are exposed to imported measles virus. Since 2002, there have been 11 reported cases of measles in Georgia – including this current one – all were imported cases or linked to an imported case.
DPH also continues to closely monitor the large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to Disneyland Resort Theme Parks in California. Since January 1, 2015, more than 100 people from at least 14 states were reported to have measles, the majority of them with ties to the Disneyland outbreak. Most of the case-patients were unvaccinated or had unknown vaccination status. This current Georgia case is unrelated to that outbreak.
“We don’t need to be alarmists. We need to be aware,” said Patrick O’Neal, M.D., director of Health Protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health. “What happened in Disneyland is an alert that we live in a world now in which international travel is very common and frequent, and diseases are only hours away.”
For more information about measles and measles vaccine visit www.dph.ga.gov.
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