Thursday, September 06, 2018

Get Ready for Flu Season

Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Nurses will be presenting a free program at Crowell Public Library, “Flu-Busters, Seasonal Influenza,” on Thursday, September 27 in the Library’s Barth Community Room.  Attendees will hear a brief history of flu pandemics, learn flu virus basics, and about prevention, symptoms, possible complications, antiviral drugs and the importance of the flu vaccination, all in one fact-packed hour from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Then, on Thursday, October 4 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., patrons can return to the Library to receive a free flu shot while supplies last.  The vaccines are for adults aged 18 years and over, and children aged 9-17 years with a parent or guardian present for consent.  Those receiving the flu vaccine cannot be allergic to eggs or previous influenza vaccines, have no history of Guillain-Barre syndrome, and no serious illness or fever on the day of the vaccination.  Those partaking in this free immunization are asked to wear short sleeves if possible.

And Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Nurses continue to offer free blood pressure and glucose screenings at Crowell Library.  The next screenings will be Wednesday, September 19 from 10:00 to 11:30 am, as well as October 17th, November 28th and December 19th.  Patrons are seen on a first come, first served basis and no appointment is needed.  No insurance information is required; the nurses only ask for first name, age, and zip code.  It is advised that patrons fast two hours prior to having their glucose checked.  These blood pressure and glucose evaluations can lead to prevention and early detection of the “silent killer” diseases such as hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. 

Huntington Hospital Community Outreach Nurses want to empower all members of the community to enjoy the healthiest lifestyle possible.  They are active all year, working with many community-based organizations such as libraries, community centers, senior centers, faith organizations, schools, food banks, mental wellness programs, and health clinics.   All adults are invited to avail themselves of these free programs, offered to empower the community to stay happy and healthy throughout 2018!