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Fulton County voters can cast ballots and get their flu shots beginning Oct. 27

Fulton County voters can cast ballots and get their flu shots beginning Oct. 27

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Voters can “Vote and Vax” beginning Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Voters can cast their ballots and obtain their annual flu slots as a part of an effort to reduce the risk of flu among citizens.  Vote and Vax primarily targets adults aged 50 or older. 

Fulton County Health Services encourages women to get screened for breast cancer

Fulton County Health Services encourages women to get screened for breast cancer

ATLANTA -- According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer among Georgia women. On October 17, 2012, from 10:00am – 2:00pm, the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Division of Women’s Health will rock to “Motown Melodies” at its Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event at the Adamsville Recreation Center where residents can get a free clinical breast exam, blood pressure checks, glucose and HIV screenings.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time we all can encourage the women we care about to get screened,” states Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services.  “Early detection is key.”

Flu vaccinations available at Fulton County health centers

Flu vaccinations available at Fulton County health centers

ATLANTA -- Flu season is around the corner.  Fulton County Health Services encourages everyone to get vaccinated, especially children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that getting vaccinated is the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine protects against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season.  The Fulton Department of Health and Wellness is providing flu shots at seven centers from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm. 

Residents can get a flu shot or the nasal mist (2 to 49 years) for $25.  Visa and Master Card (credit and debit), Medicaid, Cigna, United Health care and cash are accepted forms of payment. Flu vaccinations are available at the following health centers:

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

Free event offers health screenings, Braves tickets

ATLANTA – 11Alive news reporter Jerry Carnes, a prostate cancer survivor, will be among the honored guests at the free Home Run for Health event in Atlanta on Saturday. Carnes will be joined by former Braves player Pete Smith, the Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders and Freddie the Falcon to encourage men to come out for free health screenings. The screenings include blood pressure and BMI checks, as well as those for prostate cancer. Everyone who receives a screening will receive two free tickets to a Braves game.  

Men are encouraged to bring their children, baseball gloves and ball to enter to win the Biggest Game of Catch, which will begin at 10:15 a.m. The last father-and-son or father-and-daughter team standing will win a Braves season ticket package for 2013. Drawings will be held for other great prizes, like a signed Chipper Jones bat.

September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month

September is Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month

ATLANTA -- The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is a beacon of help and guidance to those touched by blood cancer.  Each September LLS observes Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma Awareness Month to shed light on these diseases and let the public know that there are resources available for blood cancer patients and their families.

Fulton County to Conduct Barrier Sprayings to Increase West Nile Virus Prevention Efforts

Fulton County to Conduct Barrier Sprayings to Increase West Nile Virus Prevention Efforts

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County Health Services will begin barrier spraying areas identified as sites where mosquitoes tested positive as carriers of the West Nile Virus. In preparation for the concert at Wolf Creek Amphitheater being held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, Health Services will barrier spray the venue in order to best protect citizens and visitors attending the concert. The spraying will have no adverse effect on the health of concert goers, residents or businesses located in the surrounding area.

Barrier Spraying is considered an adulticide.  The process includes delivering a chemical called Permethrin as a fine mist onto foliage and surrounding vegetation in the affected areas.

Augusta man receives heart transplant at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

Augusta man receives heart transplant at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

ATLANTA, Ga.  – Augusta resident Darren Bell, who has struggled with congestive heart failure since 2005, received the gift of new life when Piedmont cardiovascular surgeon David Dean, M.D., performed a life-saving heart transplant for Bell on August 3, after months of waiting on the transplant list.

Last November, Bell noticed his symptoms of shortness of breath, swelling and fatigue were getting worse and went to Piedmont’s Advanced Heart Failure Center in Atlanta for a full evaluation.