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Macon County Public Health will give flu shots on Wednesday, October 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jane Woodruff Building at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands and on Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Autumn Leaf Craft Show at the Fair Grounds in Franklin. No appointment is necessary at these two clinics.

Shots are also available during regular business hours at the Macon County Public Health Center on Lakeside Drive in Franklin. Appointments are needed for these shots and may be scheduled by calling 349-2081.


The nationally recognized course “Peer to Peer” is being offered by local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), NAMI Appalachian South. The NAMI Peer to Peer Education Course is a 10 week experiential education course on the topic of recovery and wellness for adults challenged with a mental illness. Living with a mental illness is a traumatic, challenging experience and can affect all aspects of one’s life; including work, relationships, family, and self-care. The Peer to Peer classes are lead by trained peer mentors who are themselves in recovery from mental illness and can share their successful coping strategies with others pursuing recovery. The curriculum covers major mental illnesses, a holistic approach to treatment, coping strategies, relapse prevention, and creating an advance directive for care.


Angel Medical Center's Radiothon was held last Saturday and despite a 90 percent chance of rain, was successful for a first year event. The Radiothon, which was planned to raise funds for AMC's Outpatient Medicine Expansion project, was full of live entertainment, games and great food.

The expansion project is planned to meet the growing demands of the department. The outpatient medicine department has grown to see more than 19,000 patients each year. This figure represents 25 percent of the total annual patient visits to all AMC departments and facilities.


Macon County residents dining out at local restaurants may not notice the changes, but their dining experience may soon be a little safer thanks to changes in North Carolina’s food safety code. The new rules are effective as of Sept. 1.

“Macon County Public Health environmental health staff work closely with local eating establishments to promote safe food handling practices,” said Macon County Health Director Jim Bruckner. “These new rules allow us to keep up with changes in food preparation techniques, while keeping public health and safety in mind.”

The new food code represents the most comprehensive change in North Carolina’s food protection standards in more than 30 years and establishes practical, sciencebased rules and provisions to help avoid food-borne illnesses, like noroviruses and salmonella.


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