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Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

Fulton County Health Services offers six locations for residents to get vaccinated against the flu

FULTON COUNTY -- Fulton County has six locations where residents can receive the flu vaccination. Citizens can visit one of these six health centers for the flu vaccine:

 

Adamsville Regional Health Center – 3700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, 404-613-4215      

College Park Regional Health Center -1920 John E. Wesley Ave., College Park, 404-765-4155

Lakewood Health Center - 1853 Jonesboro Rd., SE, Atlanta, 404-624-0626

Neighborhood Union Health Center - 186 Sunset Ave., Atlanta, 404-612-4665

Center for Health and Rehabilitation – 265 Boulevard., NE, Atlanta, 404-612-5835

North Fulton Regional Health Center – 3155 Royal Drive, Alpharetta, 404-332-1834

Vaccines are available from 9:00am – 4:00pm through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.

 

Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

Olympic swimmer to visit Egleston

ATLANTA -- Four-time Olympic medalist Kaitlin Sandeno has joined forces with the Jessie Rees Foundation to spread holiday cheer to the young patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Sandeno will be at the DeKalb County children's hospital from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. She will help distribute Holiday JoyJars to kids fighting cancer.

Holiday JoyJars are the brainchild of Erik Rees, CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation. Rees' daughter Jessie founded the charity before passing away from brain cancer in January. Each JoyJar contains up to 20 new, age-appropriate toys.

"Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston provides courageous kids with cancer with groundbreaking care and healing," Rees said in a statement. "They embody Jessie's motto, 'Never Ever Give Up,' and we are honored to distribute Holiday JoyJars with Kaitlin there."

UPS and Anthem Blue Cross of California are sponsoring Rees and Sandeno's visit to the hospital.

UGA, Ga. Tech, Emory team up for malaria research

UGA, Ga. Tech, Emory team up for malaria research

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Georgia, Georgia Tech and Emory recently announced plans to partner to establish a comprehensive center to where research will be conducted on malaria.

According to UGA, Mary Galinski leads the Georgia consortium, which was awarded a five-year contract of up to $19.4 million to start up the Malaria Host-Pathogen Interaction Center. The funding came from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.

The university will use $2 million from a subcontract to collect and research data.

"The combined expertise of the consortium partners makes MaHPIC uniquely equipped to address issues related to pathogens that cause malaria, a disease that involves complex interactions between hosts and parasites," UGA professor of genetics Jessica Kissinger, MaHPIC co-principal investigator and leader of the project's informatics team said.

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County comprises 10 percent of Georgia’s population and accounts for 54 percent of the state’s AIDS cases.

In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012, starting November 27, both health agencies will sponsor events to encourage residents to take control and get tested in a world-wide effort to reach “ZERO New Infections, ZERO Discrimination and ZERO AIDS Related Deaths.  The County has partnered with DeKalb County to provide similar services in order to have the greatest impact on reducing new HIV infections.

Planned events include:

Wednesday, November 28- 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., free HIV testing will be available at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, November 28 - 6:00 p.m., at Morehouse College Sale Hall, 830 Westview Dr., Atlanta, GA 30314,  

CDC scientists fight to halt a deadly outbreak

CDC scientists fight to halt a deadly outbreak

ATLANTA -- At the main campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, dozens of people are working day and night to bring a meningitis outbreak under control.

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Dr. John Jernigan is a medical epidemiologist at the CDC leading the clinical investigation team for the outbreak response. He says this infection, which is caused by a fungus, is very unusual.

Meningitis is typically caused by a virus or bacteria. The fungus linked to this outbreak is common in dirt and grasses, but it is making people sick because it found its way into a steroid injected into people with back pain.

2 Emory hospitals win quality award

2 Emory hospitals win quality award

ATLANTA -- Two Emory hospitals are among this year's winners of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality Leadership Awards.

Emory University Hospital, which includes Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital, placed second. Emory University Hospital Midtown, formerly known as Emory Crawford Long Hospital, came in sixth.

This is the first year where two hospitals from the same health care system have ranked in the top 10.

"Since 2006, Emory Healthcare has been on a journey to make improvements that will redefine the quality of care delivered to our patients," Emory Healthcare president and CEO John T. Fox said in a statement. "The UHC quality metrics helped provide a roadmap that has helped us to perform more effectively for the patients and families we serve."

The UHC rankings group includes more than 100 teaching hospitals across the U.S.