Shots Begin in Carrollton, Ga.; Second Georgian Dies of Meningitis
CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) _ Carroll County residents lined up for vaccinations today as health officials tried to stem Georgia’s outbreak of bacterial meningitis, which has claimed two lives.
The second death was reported Thursday. Authorities said Gayle O. Hise, 48, of Dalton became ill Sunday and died Wednesday in Dublin in southeast Georgia, where he was working on a construction project. Authorities called his case an isolated one.
A 5-year-old girl in Carroll County died earlier, one of seven cases reported in this west Georgia county since November.
The vaccination drive, which health officials hoped would reach 27,000 people between the ages of 2 and 29 in Carroll County, began today at makeshift clinics. It continues through Tuesday.
About 500 people lined up at the Carroll County Electric Management Cooperative, some of them as early as 7 a.m. By 9:20 a.m., exactly 20 minutes after the program began, 120 people had received shots.
″They must think it’s an epidemic for them to bring the shots out here,″ said Shirley Kirby, who brought her three children and her niece to be vaccinated.
″It’s just to be safe,″ said her son Keith, 12. ″Shots don’t bother me.″
People getting the shots were asked to pay $12 toward their cost; officials said no one would be turned away who is unable to pay. Gov. Zell Miller allocated $180,000 in state money for the program earlier this week.