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Free flu shots and basic physical exams offered at ISU/Ada County Health Screening Oct. 18

An ISU pharmacy student gives a young woman a vaccine during the Healthy Bengal Wellness Fair

October 5, 2018 - POCATELLO, ID

Free flu shots while supplies last, basic physical and dental exams, and onsite testing for blood sugar levels and cholesterol are included in free services offered at a community health screening Thursday, Oct. 18, 4-7 p.m., at Garfield Elementary School, 1914 Broadway Ave., in Boise.

The screening is the second of six scheduled at various Treasure Valley locations through spring for adults with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care. The Idaho Foodbank will provide free boxes of food for participants. The next event will be November 15 at the First Baptist Church, 607 N. 13th St. in Boise.

“Now is the time to protect yourself from the flu. A flu shot not only protects you, but those around you from what can be a debilitating illness,” said Dr. Glenda Carr, screening organizer and Idaho State University-Meridian clinical assistant pharmacy professor.

Faculty and student clinicians administer the services which include:

  • Blood pressure checks, medication reviews and disease education
  • Oral/dental health evaluation and education
  • Depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
  • On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol, HIV and hepatitis C 
  • Hearing and eye screenings
  • Nutrition assessments and recommendations
  • Health education
  • Traumatic brain injury screenings

The Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010 and has screened more than 1,000 adults. Partners are ISU-Meridian, Ada County, the Idaho Foodbank and Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho.

The full screening process takes about 90 minutes, and patients in immediate need are given appointments at low-cost or free Treasure Valley clinics for additional care. For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.