Fight the Fall Season Flu!

It’s fall season, a time for perfect weather and beautiful scenery. There isn’t much not to love about the best season of the year, except the flu.

This past legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 198 with strong overall support. This addition to the law requires local school systems to provide information on influenza, or “the flu,” and its vaccine to parents and guardians of 6th-12th-grade students anytime they provide other health information.

To fulfill this requirement, the Georgia Department of Public Health has added influenza information to their website, explaining what influenza is, how to prevent its spread, and more. This information will be sent out statewide to school nurses.

The best time for vaccinations is early in the season.

Georgians can get vaccinated at:

  • School-based flu clinics
  • Local county health departments
  • Private healthcare providers
  • Local pharmacies

For more information, visit:

The Campaign is underway! Sept. 5th – Nov. 15th

​​The Campaign has officially begun! It is now time for you to create and account and make your decision to pledge and support various charities across Georgia.​

To create an account:

  • Click here​ to go to The Campaign website​ and follow the instructions
  • You will be asked to enter an invite code – this is the first three letters of your birth month, mar for March
  • Next you will add your first name as it shows on your pay stub, Robert
  • Next you enter the first three letters of your last name, ben
  • Finally, you enter the numeric day of your birth, 02
  • Invite code = marrobertben02
  • You will be asked to create a user name and password
  • Once set up you can click “give” from the menu on the left side of the screen, select your charity, donation amount (add to your cart), and finally select your method of payment, one time, or payroll deduction.

Thank you for supporting The Campaign and the charities supporting the state of Georgia!

October is National Fire Safety Month

October is National Fire Safety Month and DOAS is encouraging everyone to promote fire safety with these best practices.

  • Ensure that your smoke alarms are working properly by performing monthly tests and replacing batteries at least once per year.
  • Create a fire escape plan and practice home fire drills twice a year.
  • Teach children about fire safety.
  • Have a fire extinguisher available in case of emergency.
  • Keep flammable materials in a safe area.
  • Be alert in the kitchen.
  • Blow out candles and store matches in a safe area, out of children’s reach.
  • Do not over plug electrical outlets.
  • Make digital copies of important documents.

In the event of a fire emergency, evacuate immediately, stay away from the area, and call 9-1-1 for help.