Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
Southwest Public Health District's 14 county health departments will begin offering seasonal influenza vaccinations on Tuesday, September 4th, says District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant.
"We have an ample supply of both nasal mist and flu shots," Grant said.
"Doses are $25. The health departments accept Medicaid, Medicare and many common insurance carriers, and, of course, cash," she said.
"Some patients are also candidates for the Vaccines for Children program. You should contact your local health department to find out about payment options."
Seasonal flu can cause mild to severe illness - and even death, Grant said. "Some people, such as older adults, young children and people with chronic health conditions like diabetes or heart disease are at high risk for serious flu complications," she said.
The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older as the first and best way to protect against influenza. However, individuals should check with their healthcare providers to ensure they are candidates for the flu vaccine, since people who are sick with a fever, have severe egg allergies or other conditions should not get the vaccine.
"Remember, you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick," Grant said. "Most healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five to seven days after becoming sick." Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others for an even longer time."
Flu symptoms include fever (usually high), headache, extreme tiredness, a dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and muscle aches.
Stomach symptoms are also common, especially in children.
Besides getting the flu vaccine, there are other actions that protect against the flu:
œ Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
œ Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based rub if soap and water aren't available.
œ People who are sick with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
For more information about the seasonal flu vaccine, contact your local health department or go to www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org <http://www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org> or