Clayton County Health District News

New Bivalent Covid-19 Boosters Offer Enhanced Protection

Atlanta –The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) will begin offering the new bivalent COVID-19 booster this week, as shipments of the vaccine arrive in the state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommend the bivalent booster manufactured by Pfizer for individuals aged 12 and older; and they recommend the...

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DEA Warns of Brightly-Colored Fentanyl Used to Target Young Americans

WASHINGTON – The Drug Enforcement Administration is advising the public of an alarming emerging trend of colorful fentanyl available across the United States.  In August 2022, DEA and our law enforcement partners began seizing brightly-colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills in 18 states.  Dubbed “rainbow fentanyl” in the media, this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell...

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Monkeypox Vaccination Offered at Atlanta Black Pride Events

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and metro Atlanta health districts are offering monkeypox vaccinations at various locations and times during Atlanta Black Pride. A list of vaccination sites and hours of operation can be found on the DPH website. In most cases, walk-ins are welcome. There have been more than 1,400 laboratory positive cases of monkeypox in Georgia. The...

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Centralized Scheduling Tool for Monkeypox Vaccine Now Available on DPH Website

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has launched an online, centralized scheduling tool and helpline to locate and make appointments for monkeypox vaccine. To schedule a monkeypox vaccine visit dph.ga.gov/monkeypox and click on the Learn More tab under “Find a Vaccine and Register for an Appointment”. You may also call the Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line at (888) 457-0186...

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Monkeypox Transmission in Public Settings

How to Prevent Spread of Infection Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to closely monitor the current outbreak of monkeypox in the state. As of today, there are 625 confirmed monkeypox cases in Georgia. Testing and vaccination are available in health districts throughout the state; however, vaccine supplies from the federal government remain limited. The monkeypox...

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DPH Debuts Kiosks for COVID-19 PCR Testing

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is offering COVID-19 PCR testing at kiosks placed in communities across Georgia. In most locations, these kiosks offer access to COVID-19 testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After completing a brief registration form, the kiosks dispense a test kit that includes a nasal swab, like other at-home tests, and instructions on collecting the...

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Monkeypox Vaccine Availability in Georgia

Atlanta — The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has begun receiving limited doses of monkeypox vaccine. To date, Georgia has received approximately 3,000 doses of JYNNEOS vaccine – enough for 1,500 individuals since this is a two-dose vaccine series. The vaccine has been distributed upon request to health departments and for vaccination events in two counties. Allocations of monkeypox...

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Georgia DPH Seeks Public Input on the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking public comment on the Georgia Fiscal Year 2022 Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant. The purpose of this public hearing is to collect public comments on the Work Plan and Deliverables of this grant. A virtual public  earing will be held Monday, June 27, 2022, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. To attend this meeting, please click:...

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High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health Concerns

Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the high 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, and at times feeling like more than 100 degrees with the humidity, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related...

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DPH Urges Parents to Talk to Their Pediatricians for Guidance During Baby Formula Shortage

Atlanta – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging parents unable to find baby formula typically used for their child to contact their pediatrician about appropriate nutritional and safe feeding alternatives. Georgia WIC is working with WIC agencies statewide, local grocers and retailers, and formula manufacturers to help locate formula for clients, especially those in need of...

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