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Macon County Public Health employee, Sheila Corbin (L) was recently recognized by the Macon County Board of Health for her outstanding work in Macon County's immunization program.

Board of Health Chair, Russell Stevenson (C) and Health Director Jim Bruckner (R) honored Corbin for her impact on keeping Macon County's immunization rates among the highest in the state.

Corbin holds primary responsibility for performing the patient tracking, reminders, and follow up correspondence for immunizations.

In 2013, the statewide average for immunization compliance was 68 percent; whereas Corbin's work has placed the rate among Macon County Public Health clients at 96 percent, almost 30 percent higher than the state.

Several hundred area residents attended Southwestern Community College’s Health Fair last fall. This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, at SCC’s Macon Campus.

Information tables, demonstrations, free screenings and door prizes will be available.

For more information, contact Polly Russell of the Macon Campus at (828)306-7001 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Macon County Public Health reminds residents that September is a good time to prepare – not only for the next hurricane or flood – but for any emergency that might put you and your family at risk. Melissa Leatherman, Preparedness Coordinator at Macon County Public Health urges people to make plans to prepare.

“In today’s world we need to be prepared for many kinds of emergencies, whether caused by disease outbreak, hurricane, fire, severe weather, earthquake or an act of terrorism,” states Leatherman. The theme of this year’s National Preparedness Month says, "Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare."

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On Thursday, July 31, the March of Dimes assembled its teams for the yearly fundraising kickoff and introduced The 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador Family, the Hopkins Family.

Jim and Lynn Hopkins are the parents of William Hopkins.

William was born eight weeks premature in 2008, weighing 4 pounds at birth. William spent more than six months in the NICU.

Complications included brain bleeds at birth, developmental delays, diabetes and thyroid problems. William also has a G-tube, a trach, and a vent. He will start kindergarten this fall at Iotla Valley School.

Dr. Carole Peterson is the 2014 Macon County Honorary Chairperson. Dr. Peterson is an OB/GYN at Angel Medical Center.

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