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Flu advice from Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Sore throat

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe  illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) offers annual flu vaccines to everyone six months and older at the Acworth, Douglasville, East Cobb and Marietta Public Health Center locations. Appointments are not required to receive the flu vaccine and the cost is $25. Local businesses and community events for groups of 20 or more people who are interested in having flu vaccines administered should call Lisa Shadrix at 770-514-2307.

This season’s flu vaccine will protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the season. This includes an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and one or two influenza B viruses, depending on the flu vaccine.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  • Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

In addition to the flu vaccine, CDPH also recommends pneumonia shots for persons over 65 years old, or  anyone with a chronic illness or weakened immune system. Medicare pays for the flu and pneumonia vaccines. The shingles vaccine is also recommended for anyone over 60 years of age. While you are getting your flu shot, be sure to ask your provider if you are up to date on your Tetanus vaccinations. In addition to vaccination, individuals can also reduce the risk of getting the flu by following a few simple steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home
  • Do not share eating utensils, drinking glasses, towels or other personal items
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then put used tissues in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

For more information: visit or call Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2300.

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More Spring Sports deadlines in East Cobb


Sunday, February 1, is the deadline to register for two more Spring sports in East Cobb.

East Cobb Cheetahs running club. Meets at Wheeler High School, 375 Holt Road, Marietta 30068. Ages 5-18. More info/to register: 678-653-2282 or

YMCA Lacrosse registration. Boys 6-13. McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, 1055 East Piedmont Road, Marietta. More info: 770-977-5991 or


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Photo of the Day


Waiting room Aesthetic Orthodontics on Lower Roswell Road



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We Have a Winner! *Facebook Friday Freebie*


Is everyone ready for our favorite time of the week? That’s right- it’s time to announce this week’s Facebook Freebie winner! The Lucky East Cobber who wins a 60-minute massage at Midtown Athletic’s spa PLUS a t-shirt, mug, water bottle, and a FREE smoothie is ………Ashley Brown. Congrats Ashley!! Please email to claim your awesome freebie!!

Didn’t win? Don’t despair! EAST COBBER brings you wonderful ways to win each and ever

Red Sky Tapas To Hold Art Classes


Start Your New Year With a New Hobby! Every other Tuesday Red Sky will be hosting a great Painting Class taught by Canvas by U! It’s a fun and relaxing night out and you will learn some great painting techniques.  Paint while enjoying great tapas and your favorite beverages! Come alone or with a group. February dates are Feb  3rd and 17th.March dates are March 3rd and 17th. Call 770-973-0100 or click here to make your reservations.

Superbowl Sunday: Game Day grub!


Credit: Bergy,

Once halftime hits, you need reinforcements. The snacks you enjoyed during the first two quarters can only take your team so far. Now’s the time for more substantial fare: Meaty chili, saucy ribs, deep-dish pizza and mile-high subs will keep your football fans cheering until the final whistle. Add some spice with these Jalapeno Poppers, then visit for more Superbowl snacks!

Jalapeno Poppers

Yield 20 poppers

10 fresh jalapenos
8 ounces cream cheese
10 pieces thin-sliced bacon, cut in half

Cut jalapenos in half and remove seeds and veins.

(Use gloves to work with peppers).

Fill jalapenos with cream cheese and wrap a slice of bacon around each one.

Secure with a toothpick.

Bake at 425 degrees until bacon appears to be done, about 15-20 minutes.

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A Prayer for Super Bowl Sunday












Here’s a prayer for Super Bowl weekend, penned by scholar and prophetic voice Walter Brueggemann, from his book Prayers for a Privileged People:


Super Bowl Sunday

The world of fast money,

and loud talk,

and much hype is upon us.

We praise huge men whose names will linger only briefly.


We will eat and drink,

and gamble and laugh,

and cheer and hiss,

and marvel and then yawn.


We show up, most of us, for such a circus,

and such an indulgence.

Loud clashing bodies,

violence within rules,

and money and merchandise and music.


And you – today like every day –

you govern and watch and summon;

you are glad when there is joy in the earth,

But you notice our liturgies of disregard and

our litanies of selves made too big,

our fascination with machismo power,

and lust for bodies and for big bucks.


And around you gather today, as every day,

elsewhere uninvited, but noticed acutely by you,

those disabled and gone feeble,

those alone and failed,

those uninvited and shamed.

And you whose gift is more than “super,”

Overflowing, abundant, adequate, all sufficient.


The day of preoccupation with creature comforts writ large.

We pause to be mindful of our creatureliness,

our commonality with all that is small and vulnerable exposed,

your creatures called to obedience and praise.


Give us some distance from the noise,

some reserve about the loud success of the day,

that we may remember that our life consists

not in things we consume,

but in neighbors we embrace.


Be our good neighbor that we may practice

your neighborly generosity all through our needy





—Walter Brueggemann

WANTED! Vintage photographs and stories of East Cobb!


Do you have archives of old photographs or vintage postcards of East Cobb County? Are you knowledgeable about your local history? Would you like to help preserve your community’s fascinating history?

WANTED… folks to share and pass on memories and knowledge related to East Cobb, its people, places, things and surrounding area. If you live, have lived or have ties to the East Cobb County area your stories and/or photographs from yesteryear are wanted.

Cynthia Rozzo, founder and publisher of the EAST COBBER is currently compiling a photographic history of East Cobb and is looking for your help! She is assembling historic images of East Cobb County and the stories that go with them to include in an upcoming book.

Here’s a wishlist of photos wanted:

> East Cobb farm life and farming operations
> old church photos
> club photos
> school photographs
> East Cobb residents with their cars of yesteryear
> local residents wearing fashions of the day
> East Cobb buildings under construction
> “old” east Cobb families, such as, Keheley, Dickerson, Lassiter, Blackwell, Powers,etc.
> political leaders, old political signs from East Cobb

The importance of family collections cannot be overemphasized. Vintage photographs become increasingly fragile and by scanning and reproducing them in a book, they become available for all to see.

“It’s going to be a history of our community and we’d like the family histories in there as well,” Rozzo said.

To share your photographs and stories, please contact Cynthia Rozzo at 770-640-7070 or you can email your photos as separate jpg attachments to:

“EAST COBBER staff members are available to come by and pick up photos at your home, we’ll scan them in the office and safely return your vintage photos,” says Rozzo, “We will also be videotaping oral histories. So, if you’d like to share your story, call the EAST COBBER office to schedule an appointment.”

Photographs, stories, and pieces of the past — they are all wanted. If you’d like to help keep local history alive by volunteering your talents to this effort, feel free to contact Cynthia.



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CCSD offering School Choice for 2015-16

The Cobb County School District is again offering School Choice (HB 251 and SB10) transfers for the 2015-2016 school year. Individual school capacity information and applications will be available beginning February 1, 2015 on the District website.

For more information, please visit the 2015-16 School Choice webpage.


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Marietta Moms meet for fun, friendship

Are you a Marietta mom? Marietta Moms is a group for all kinds of moms – new to the area, looking for new friends, or just needing support. Daily events for babies, toddlers and older kids. More info: 770-956-0318 or 678-357-3661 or


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