Health fair set for November 1

Tue, 10/30/2007 - 3:42pm
By: The Citizen

Fayette Senior Services is offering flu shots to the public at its eighth annual Health & Wellness Fair on Thursday, November 1 at New Hope Baptist Church, 551 New Hope Road, in Fayetteville from 9 a.m. to noon. Flu shots are free for Medicare Part B participants and $25 for all other individuals. Pneumonia shots will also be available.

Health & Wellness Fair attendees can also take advantage of getting health screenings such as blood pressure, bone density and glucose testing. Medical referrals for mammograms and colorectal testing will be offered and Georgia Cares will be on hand to answer Medicare questions. Attendees can also enjoy a healthy snack bar and more than 30 local businesses will showcase a wide variety of wellness-related products and services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and about 36,000 people die from flu. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.

The Health & Wellness Fair is in collaboration with the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (S.P.A.R.C.) initiative, which brings together the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Area Agency on Aging and Fayette County community partners. The goal is to improve access to preventive services and increase the number of individuals, particularly older adults. S.P.A.R.C. Fayette community partners include: Fayette Senior Services, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Physicians Group, Digestive Healthcare of Georgia and the Fayette County Health Department.

For more info, call Fayette Senior Services at 770-461-0813 or visit

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