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October 20, 2010

Health screenings offered this week

County Health Fair set for Thursday; Barbershop Outreach is Saturday.

Kokomo — There’s no reason why a person cannot afford health screenings offered throughout Kokomo this week. After all, many of them are free.

Furthermore, non-compliant Howard County middle and high school students who haven’t met state vaccination requirements have one more opportunity to get their shots – for a fee.

The 28th annual Howard County Health Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Kokomo Event Center, 1504 N. Reed Road. And Saturday, Kokomo’s first Barbershop Health Outreach Program will be held at the Hair Affair Barbershop, 114 W. Morgan St.

With more than 50 booths, the county’s health fair — sponsored by Partners for a Healthier Community — offers health screenings at no charge, said Lisa Holaday, the event’s spokeswoman.

“The screenings are an opportunity to identify problems early, gain peace of mind, and get useful health information – and it’s all for free. We can’t sell them anything, so they can leave their wallets at home,” said Holaday, adding a cost associated with the event is $15 for a flu shot.

“We are expecting a large crowd. If someone has to park far away from the building, we will have a shuttle in the parking lot to pick them up. We want everyone to come and take advantage of all we have to offer.”

Not every Howard County student has received their school vaccinations. As a result, Thursday’s health fair includes back-to-school shots for grades 6-12 only, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Students needing shots should bring a copy of their school-vaccination record, a personal-vaccination record, a parent or legal guardian and $14. Medicaid or Hoosier Healthwise recipients and those who are uninsured will not pay.

Howard County Health Department officials said this is the last chance for students to be vaccinated by the health department without an appointment, as the office is booked until January with vaccination appointments.

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