Flu ShotsChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta is urging parents not to bring their kids to the emergency room when flu-like symptoms develop.  Dr. Jim Fortenberry, Pediatrician-in-Chief of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta said parents are worried by the H1N1 virus, which has similar symptoms to seasonal flu, and are rushing children to the emergency room when it’s unnecessary. “Parents should take away that H1N1 label and name, and think of this as the flu. Think of it this way, ‘If this was the regular flu, would you be going to the emergency department?’ Fortenberry said the exception would be for children with the flu who also have underlying chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes or chronic lung disease. He said routine cases of the flu are best handled by a child’s pediatrician. It may not even be necessary to make a health care visit. To help decide, parents can visit the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta online flu assessment guide at www.choa.org/ecall.

The Team Hope Walk and 5K to find a cure for Huntington’s Disease is Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 a.m. in Chastain Park. Participants can walk a scenic 1-mile course or run a more challenging 5K route around Chastain Park. The 5K will begin at the eastern end of Park Drive, continue south on the PATH route parallel to Lake Forrest, turn right to go north on Powers Ferry to Pool Drive, south to W. Wieuca, east on W. Wieuca, then finish near the intersection with Dudley Lane. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers and top three finishers in the following age groups: 19 and under; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 and up. Runners will receive a Team Hope Walk t-shirt and goody bag. Parking for the event will be available in the surface parking at the Galloway School. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and will be located in the park near the intersection of W. Wieuca and Dudley. www.hdsa.org/teamhope.

In an effort to increase the number of prospective medical students pursuing careers in rural medicine, Agnes Scott College and Mercer University School of Medicine have agreed to link Agnes Scott’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program with Mercer’s medical school program. Students admitted to the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program who meet the requirements of the linkage agreement will be assured early acceptance into Mercer. A requirement is that students must be willing to practice primary care in rural or underserved Georgia.

The Carl Sanders YMCA in Buckhead will host its annual FitaPalooza on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be extended classes, an Indoor-Tri event, cardio competition and more.

Park Springs Continuing Care Retirement presented a check in the amount $5,574 to the Georgia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as part of a fundraising effort. www.alz.org/Georgia.

Homewatch CareGivers has expanded to the Atlanta area, including Decatur. Since 1980, Homewatch CareGivers has provided in-home companion, personal and comprehensive care throughout the US. More information is available at www.homewatchcaregivers.com/atlanta-east, or by calling (404) 521-0404.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.