Mo­bile flu cam­paign to get un­der­way

Yuma Sun - - NEWS - BY RACHEL TWOGUNS @RTWOGUNS

As tem­per­a­tures drop, a lo­cal health cen­ter is of­fer­ing a mo­bile unit which will pro­vide flu shots and free health screen­ings to the Yuma County pop­u­la­tion.

Sun­set Com­mu­nity Health Cen­ter (SCHC) will be host­ing its 7th an­nual Well­ness on Wheels Flu Cam­paign start­ing Oct. 13.

Dur­ing the cam­paign, which will take place un­til the end of Oc­to­ber — on var­i­ous dates and at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions — free flu shots for chil­dren and adults over the age of three will be of­fered as well as free health screen­ings. Ap­point­ments are not nec­es­sary.

Ev­ery year, Mur­ri­eta said the Well­ness on Wheels Flu Cam­paign reaches about 700 peo­ple in the com­mu­nity. This year, she noted SCHC hopes to reach about 800 peo­ple.

“We are aware that most of the peo­ple in our com­mu­nity go to work ev­ery day and some­times do not have the time to set up an ap­point­ment with their med­i­cal home to ac­cess a vac­cine, that is why we take the mo­bile to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions near them — fa­cil­i­tat­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit of our free re­sources,” said Lucy Mur­ri­eta, com­mu­nity re­la­tions, out­reach and el­i­gi­bil­ity direc­tor at SCHC. “Sun­set is en­cour­ag­ing (peo­ple) to make plans to get vac­ci­nated early in fall, be­fore flu sea­son be­gins.”

The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (CDC) rec­om­mends ev­ery­one six months and older should get an in­jectable flu vac­cine be­fore the end of Oc­to­ber, if pos­si­ble.

“Get­ting vac­ci­nated later, how­ever, can still be ben­e­fi­cial and vac­ci­na­tion should con­tinue to be of­fered through­out the flu sea­son, even into Jan­uary or later,” Mur­ri­eta noted.

Ac­cord­ing to the CDC, in­fluenza and or “flu” is a con­ta­gious res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness caused by in­fluenza viruses and can cause mild to se­vere ill­ness. The CDC web page “About Flu” showed that peo­ple with cer­tain health con­di­tions, older peo­ple, and young chil­dren are at higher risk of se­ri­ous flu com­pli­ca­tions.

“In ad­di­tion to get­ting a sea­sonal flu vac­cine, you can take ev­ery­day preven­tive ac­tions like stay­ing away from sick peo­ple and wash­ing your hands to re­duce the spread of germs,” Mur­ri­eta said. “If you are sick with flu, stay home from work or school to pre­vent spread­ing flu to oth­ers.”

Some free health screen­ings to be of­fered dur­ing the cam­paign in­clude glu­cose, choles­terol, blood pres­sure, height/weight, body mass in­dex, he­mo­glo­bin screen­ings and more.

Cer­ti­fied ap­pli­ca­tion coun­selors and nav­i­ga­tors will be avail­able to an­swer ques­tions re­gard­ing med­i­cal care ser­vices, women’s health, be­hav­ioral health, sup­ple­men­tal nu­tri­tion as­sis­tance pro­gram, kids care, AHCCS, the med­i­cal dis­count pro­gram and Mar­ket­place Spe­cial en­roll­ment ques­tions.

So­cial ser­vices such as to­bacco preven­tion, chronic dis­ease self­man­age­ment and self-care to im­prove emo­tional well­ness will also be of­fered dur­ing the cam­paign.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (928) 373-5734.

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SUN­SET COM­MU­NITY HEALTH CEN­TER (SCHC) will be host­ing its 7th an­nual Well­ness on Wheels Flu Cam­paign start­ing Oc­to­ber 13. Free health screen and flu shots will be of­fered at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions and dates through­out Yuma un­til the end of Oc­to­ber. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (928) 373-5734.

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