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Health Notebook: Health screenings, flu vaccine offerings on tap around the area

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By STEVE EIGHINGER

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Northeast Missouri Diabetes and Obesity Center at Scotland County Hospital will be conducting free health screenings from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Scotland County Fitness Center in Memphis, Mo.

The free screenings will measure nonfasting blood glucose, Body Mass Index and blood pressure. After the screenings, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with health professionals from the hospital's cardiac rehab, respiratory therapy, therapy services, dietary and social services departments. Each attendee will have a free, private consultation with a physician or nurse practitioner from the Diabetes and Obesity Center team.

The free event is open to the public. Healthy snacks will be served. There also will be door prizes and attendance gifts for participants.

 

QMG offering vaccines

Quincy Medical Group is offering seasonal flu vaccines.

The cost for a flu vaccine is $25, and the inhaled Flu Mist is $45.

The general flu clinics will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, and Nov. 11.

The general flu clinic is on the first level of Quincy Medical Group's building at 1025 Maine. QMG also will have a flu clinic at the Kroc Center from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7

Remaining pediatric flu clinics will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and Oct. 6 and 7.

The pediatric flu clinic is on the first level of the 1025 Maine building. Call (217) 222-6550, ext. 3333, to set up an appointment for your child's flu shot.

 

Pike County vaccines

The Pike County Health Department will offer its first adult flu vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at 113 E. Jefferson in Pittsfield.

Additional clinics will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19.

The cost of the influenza vaccine is $30 for adults, which can be billed to Medicare or Medicaid, if applicable. New this year is the availability of the intranasal Flu Mist vaccination for healthy, nonpregnant adults from age 19 to 49.

Children's flu clinics are scheduled from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Monday and Oct. 17, and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31. All will be administered at 113 E. Jefferson in Pittsfield.

The fee for the children's vaccines is $12, which can be billed to Kidcare or Medicaid, if applicable. A parent or guardian must sign the consent form for anyone under age 18.

For more information, call the Pike County Health Department at (217) 285-4407.

 

Teddy Bear Clinic

Children ages 2 to 10 and their favorite doll or stuffed toy are invited. along with their parents, to attend the 23rd annual Teddy Bear Clinic, "Wild About Health," from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, 10th and Oak.

The annual event is planned and conducted by the Blessing-Rieman Student Nurse Organization as part of its community service commitment.

The clinic is designed to help children realize the importance of good health and overcome fears of a health checkup by conducting one on their favorite doll or stuffed toy. Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing students will interact with each child and their stuffed toy as they use a stethoscope to listen to heart and lungs, apply bandages, and record their toy's height and weight. Stations will also provide information on safety and poison prevention.

In addition, emergency response vehicles are scheduled to be on site for children to see and Air Evac helicopter tours will be offered if the helicopter is available.

The Quincy Police Department will offer a presentation of the K-9 unit dog at 1:30 p.m. Face painting also will be available. Refreshments will be provided by Pepsi Refreshment Services and Dot Foods.

Parking is available in the lots directly west and north of the College of Nursing at 10th and Oak.

For more information, call the College of Nursing at 217-223-8400, ext. 6960.

 

New location

Hannibal Regional Hospital Pediatric Therapy Services is now offering physical, occupational and speech-language therapies in a new child-friendly environment. Therapists who are certified and have experience working with children are available for the evaluation and treatment of patients ranging in age from birth to 18.

Services are offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in HRH's new location at the Hannibal Children's Center on the Hannibal Medical Campus.

Types of diagnoses include but are not limited to cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, autism spectrum disorder, sensory integration disorder, developmental delay, fine and gross motor delays, articulation deficits, swallowing or feeding difficulties, apraxia, voice, language delays, and neurologic disorders.

For more information, call (573) 248-5346 or fax a doctor's order to (573) 248-5364.

 

Kickin' Cancer Kickball

The Hannibal Regional Hospital Foundation will host the inaugural Kickin' Cancer Kickball Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday at Bear Creek Sports Park.

The Kickin' Cancer event is designed to raise awareness of the fight against all forms of cancer, plus assist those who are battling the disease. The event will offer two types of bracket play -- rookies and pros (recreation and competitive).

All proceeds from the event will benefit the James E. Cary Cancer Center's "Life.Light.Hope.Fund," which offers cancer patients assistance with transportation, nutritional supplements and other resources needed.

 

Cholesterol/diabetes screening

The Pike County Health Department is offering a cholesterol/diabetes screening at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 4.

The screening includes a lipid profile, blood sugar check, and blood pressure check for $25. The test is performed with portable computerized equipment that provides accurate results in five minutes using a single drop of blood obtained from a fingerstick. Participants receive their test results at the screening, plus education and assessment of heart disease and diabetes risk factors.

Screening participants should not consume any food or drink for nine to 12 hours before the test. Call the Pike County Health Department at (217) 285-4407 for more information.

 

Hannibal Free Clinic awarded grant

The Hannibal Free Clinic received a $1,000 grant earlier this month from the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area. The grant, awarded from 26 endowment funds held at the Community Foundation, will support the ongoing operations of Hannibal Free Clinic. The Hannibal Free Clinic relies completely on volunteer physicians and staff.

 

-- seighinger@whig.com/221-3377

 

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