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October 23, 2013

Health fair set Nov. 2

Free flu shots for people of all ages will be given as long as supplies last.

ENID, Okla. — A free community health fair sponsored by Integris Bass Baptist Health Center will be 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 at Convention Hall.

Free flu shots for people of all ages will be given as long as supplies last.

Oklahoma Health Department recommends flu vaccinations for everyone 6 months old and over. Some people are strongly encouraged to receive the vaccine due to high risk for flu-related complications. They include:

• Children 6 months to 4 years.

• People 50 years old and older.

• People with chronic disorders such as pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal, hepatic, neurologic, hematologic or metabolic (including diabetes mellitus).

• People who are immunosuppressed (including immunosuppression caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus).

• Women who are or will be pregnant during the flu season.

• People 6 months to 18 years who receive long-term aspirin therapy and may be at risk for Reye’s syndrome after flu infection.

• Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities.

• Household contacts and caregivers of children up to 5 years old and adults 50 years old and older, especially contacts of children aged younger than 6 months.

Flu can range from a mild to serious, sometimes fatal illness. Symptoms may include fever of 100 to 103 — possibly higher in children — cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and extreme tiredness.

In addition to flu shots, glucose, cholesterol and prostate screenings will be available at the health fair.

Anita Luetkemeyer, director of public relations for the hospital, said bone density screenings will be new this year at the health fair. The bone density screening equipment that will be used is small enough to be portable for events such as this, she said.

“The participant will put their foot into the device,” Luetkemeyer said.

Additionally, screening stations will be set up for body mass index, oxygen saturation, vision screenings, hearing screenings, bone density, blood pressure checks and more.

Health-related social service organizations also will have booths set up to provide information for the public.

“We’ll have a variety of social service and health-related organizations who provide information,” Luetkemeyer said.

The health fair and all available screenings are free to the public.

“One thing I’m excited about is that we will have nursing students from Autry Tech, NOC and Northwestern who give their time to come help us with this,” Luetkemeyer said. “We have hundreds and hundreds of people who come to this, and I am so appreciative of their help. We couldn’t do this without them.”

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