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Giving blood is scary at Six Flags Fright Fest

Giving blood is scary at Six Flags Fright Fest

AUSTELL, Ga. -- What's even more terrifying than Six Flags Over Georgia's Fright Fest? A blood shortage -- something that Metro Atlanta is facing.

Now, the Southeast's largest regional theme park has teamed up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and will offer free admission to anyone who gives blood during a drive on Thursday, Oct. 13.

To receive a free Six Flags ticket, make a reservation on LifeSouth's website, linked above.

Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

Public Health grant will improve children's hearing

MARIETTA, Ga.

Cobb Public health offering seasonal flu vaccine

Cobb Public health offering seasonal flu vaccine

Cobb & Douglas Public Health immunization clinic is going mobile in an effort to get annual flu vaccines to the community. In addition to offering annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at all public health centers, the health department is also offering them for local businesses and community events for groups of 20 or more people.

This year's flu vaccine includes protection against three different viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus that caused so much illness last season. The cost is $20 and children without health insurance and children with Medicaid PeachCare are eligible for a sliding fee.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

Time to get a flu shot

Time to get a flu shot

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Flu season will be here before we know it, and the Cobb & Douglas Public Health Immunization Clinic is going mobile in an effort to help citizens combat the virus.

In addition to offering flu vaccinations to everyone six months and older at all public health centers, CDPH is giving them at local workplaces and events for groups of 20 or more people.

"We are committed to ensuring everyone is properly protected, so we're encouraging community members to walk in to one of our many clinic locations. However, we're also ready and willing to come to any group in Cobb or Douglas County that has 20 or more people who'd like to get immunized," said Karen Thomas, district immunization director for CDPH.

This year's flu vaccine costs $20.

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Governor honors MDA Boot Drive, Austell firefighters

Governor honors MDA Boot Drive, Austell firefighters

In a ceremony yesterday Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed August "MDA Firefighter Appreciation Month" in recognition of the selfless service of departments across the state in the fight against muscular dystrophy.