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Health Fair Planned For Oct. 29 &Amp; 30

Opportunity to seniors to get flu shots

The 2004 White Salmon Community Health & Wellness Fair will be held on Oct. 29 & 30 at the White Salmon Park Center.

The Health Fair will run from 7 to 11 a.m. each day.

This will be the 23rd year that a Community Health Fair has been held in White Salmon. Representatives from Skyline Hospital, Klickitat County Senior Services, White Salmon Health Department, and a host of volunteers organize the fair.

The Health Fair provides a low cost way for participants to have their general health assessed and there is no charge for admission. We encourage people to complete the entire screening this year.

Free screenings include blood pressure, height and weight, balance testing, hearing and vision. Colorectal Cancer screening kits are available for home testing.

Skyline Radiology Department personnel will be there to discuss the Bone Density scan tests available at the hospital.

Osteoporosis and Mammography information is free of charge and appointments can be made for mammograms. For those who do not have insurance coverage, discount coupons will be available for mammograms.

Skyline's Diabetic Educator, Becky Petty, will be offering educational information to the public about diabetes. The diabetic A1C test will be free of charge through the Klickitat County Healthy People Action's Network.

For a nominal fee, participants may have blood drawn for testing that includes a complete blood chemistry screen, a lipid panel, a CBC, and a thyroid check. This blood screening is $34 and must be paid by cash or check. Men can include a test for prostate specific antigen (PSA) for an additional $18. 12-hour fasting is required if you are having your blood drawn.

As in the past, the Health Department will be on hand for flu vaccinations which are available for high risk people only at a fee of $15. The Health Department can take Medicare and MEDICAID Coupons for payment.

The Health fair is not designed to take the place of an ongoing relationship with your family physician, but assists this relationship by providing early detection, prevention, and education at little or no cost. From the screenings, participants with diabetes, prostate cancer, hypertension and leukemia have been identified in the past.

Skyline Hospital sends a copy of these screenings to the participants and keeps a record on file for three years. A copy can also be sent to the participant's family physician upon request.

Pre-registration for this event is available by calling Klickitat County Senior Services at 493-3068.

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