Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Health officials say this type of flu is expected to last for several months. School systems everywhere are bracing for the impact.
H1N1 is predicted to continue spreading in young people over the next several months. In the spring when the pandemic first came out, health officials did not know what to expect.
"Overtime we've gotten some experience from it," said Dr. Lynne Feldman, South District Health Director. "We've seen that it prefers a younger population. It's not as severe as we thought it might be. It really turns out to be a mild type of flu."
On Tuesday, a mom called the Lowndes County School System to report her four children who attend Molten-Branch Elementary have H1N1.
These cases have not been confirmed. Dr. Feldman says generally, students who have this flu could have been exposed to it before going to school.
"I think that when children are in an environment where they're close together it is more likely that they are going to spread the virus from one another," said Feldman.
Schools that have not had any cases at this time are still preparing for the worst.
The Valdosta City School System is taking prevention measures seriously. They're sending out educational materials to parents. Teachers are reiterating the importance of health safety practices to their parents.
Students are also being shown the correct way to wash their hands and the importance of coughing in your sleeve.
"The custodial staff has stepped up, making sure that areas that may not have been concerns in the past are cleaned," said John Davis, S.L. Mason Principal.
He's also been working with the school nurse to handle concerns parents may have and to also create educational tools. South Health District recommends getting the seasonal flu vaccine, available in the next several weeks.
The H1N1 vaccine won't be available until by mid-October.