Report flunks Georgia on tobacco policy, urges higher cigarette tax
Once again, an annual tobacco control report gives Georgia failing grades for its anti-smoking efforts. The American Lung Association’s national report, released Wednesday, called on Georgia to increase its tax on a pack of cigarettes. At 37 cents, the levy is among the lowest in the country. “Tobacco use... Read more
Asthma van helps keep students healthy — and in school 
Asthma attacks used to send Aaron Johnson to the emergency room with frightening frequency. But now the Atlanta kindergartner has gone months without an ER visit. His mother credits the van that comes once a month to his school, Usher-Collier Elementary in west Atlanta. Aaron gets regular check-ups from... Read more
Flu statistics worrisome in Georgia, but it’s too early to predict impact
Public Health officials said Tuesday that they’re concerned about flu trends in Georgia. It’s not clear whether the flu season could be as severe as last year’s, state epidemiologist Cherie Drenzek told the board of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “It’s too early to know,’’ she said, adding,... Read more
As flu season gets rolling, Georgia hit harder than any state
The most recent CDC national data showed Georgia had the highest level of flu activity in the United States. The state’s level of influenza-like illness was reported as “High’’ in the report of the week ending Dec. 8. That was the most activity for any state, according to the agency’s map.... Read more
Fourth Georgia case of mysterious illness confirmed
A fourth case of a rare polio-like illness has been confirmed in Georgia, with two more cases considered probable, public health officials say. The Georgia Department of Public Health did not give identifying information about the fourth patient with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), but said Monday that the person is... Read more

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