Health fair, cancer walk right around corner

    Chase County Community Hospital (CCCH) is having its yearly health fair Saturday, Sept. 30 west of Chase County Schools’ football field.
    The Cancer Walk kicks of the event with an opening speaker and prayer at 8 a.m. The speaker has yet to be confirmed. The walk will begin on the school track at 8:30 a.m. and end at 11:00 a.m.
    Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at www.chasecountyhospital.com to ensure they get a t-shirt. An individual registration will cost $20, children five and under $12 and a group of four or more is $15 for each person.
    From 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. there will be 20 vendors and booths on-site with various free resources open to the community. Some of the vendors include: health fair lab results and review, EKGs read on-site by physician, blood pressure checks, weights, BMIs, Scoliosis screenings, massages and stress relief, how to use an AED (Automated External Defibrillator), State Patrol rollover/crash simulator/helicopter, fire extinguisher training, LifeNet helicopter, Red Cross, Nebraska Organ Recovery and domestic violence.
    The Chase County Sheriff’s Office, Imperial Police Department, Imperial Volunteer Fire Department, State Patrol and EMS will all be present helping with the event and giving demonstrations.
    Participants will receive a free health diary and playbook with a map of the different vendors. People will be entered into a drawing to win a free helicopter ride from the State Patrol if they stop at at least five vendors.
    There will also be an Influenza Immunization Clinic available. The ambulatory clinic will be at the Chase County 4-H Exhibition Hall with a drive-thru area available for the elderly and disabled. Insurance billing will be provided. Most insurances will cover the cost of an Influenza immunization, said Shannon Kuhlmann.
    The hospital is using the Influenza Clinic as a county-wide drill that will give the hospital a chance to practice large scale vaccinations as if an epidemic of small pox or some other disease were to break out, said Kuhlmann. The last time there was a county-wide drill was almost nine years ago.
    Kuhlmann noted that there have already been several cases of Influenza A in Nebraska, and encourages everyone to utilize the Influenza Immunization Clinic.
 

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