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City of Spokane collaborating with Walgreens on vaccine program

City of Spokane collaborating with Walgreens on vaccine program

The City of Spokane announced a collaboration with Walgreens to administer vaccines at no cost to patients. Available vaccines include flu shots and other Center for Disease Control-recommended immunizations to residents without insurance and those underinsured.

 

Beginning Thursday, December 11, Walgreens locations in Spokane can administer vaccines for pneumonia, whooping cough, chicken pox, shingles, MMR, meningitis and influenza to qualified individuals. No-cost immunizations are available at Spokane Walgreens locations daily during regular pharmacy hours with no appointment necessary and are subject to availability. Age, state and health -related restrictions may apply.

 

“Spokane is a very compassionate community, and that includes its community pharmacies,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon. “Walgreens has stepped up to provide assistance that can help improve the health of many in our community.”

 

Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane, Dec. 1

Commemorating World AIDS Day in Spokane, Dec. 1

December 1st will once again mark the arrival of World AIDS Day, a global event held each year to honor the lives lost to HIV/AIDS, and to offer our hope and support to those living with HIV. Spokane Regional Health District and Spokane AIDS Network are co-chairing the event this year, and together, they invite the community to join them in commemorating World AIDS Day.


Spokane’s event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014, at the STA Plaza, 701 W. Riverside Ave., in the upstairs gala area. The commemoration will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and complimentary refreshments will be served. The evening will culminate in a silent vigil by candlelight to pay homage to those who have passed away.


Over 18,000 people in Washington state have been diagnosed with HIV since the first case in 1982. Of these, nearly 8,000 people died. But with advances in HIV medications, affected people are living longer and healthier lives. HIV medications, taken daily as prescribed, also decrease the chances a person will transmit the virus to others.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

Free dental and health screenings for seniors

Spokane-area seniors are invited to a free oral health and wellness screening this Friday, October 24th.  "Senior Smile Day" is part of "Teeth Week"  and will include:

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Free health services from EWU at Senior Smile day

Students and staff from Eastern Washington University's health sciences program are donating their time and talents next weekend for the annual Senior Smiles Day.

From 9 am – 3 pm on Friday, October 24 anyone 55 and over and on a fixed income is welcome to come to the EWU Dental Hygiene Clinic on the University District Campus for the following services:

  • Free flu vaccinations
  • Oral cancer screenings
  • Gait screening
  • Hearing test
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Medication and nutrition consultation
  • Fall prevention workshops

Participants are asked to reserve an appointment by calling (509) 919-3045 or visiting the Senior Smile website.

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

FEMA wants you to participate in earthquake drill Thursday

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is encouraging participation in a national earthquake drill this Thursday, October 16.

FEMA says over 40 states are at risk of earthquakes, but surveys report fewer than one-third of adults have participated in a drill in the last year. That's why they're spreading the word about this year's Great ShakeOut.

“Past practice and previous participation in a drill can make all the difference in an emergency,” FEMA administrator Craig Fugate said. “Everyone should know how to drop to the ground, cover themselves under a sturdy table or desk, and hold on to it until the shaking stops. It needs to happen with enough regularity that it becomes second nature during an actual earthquake.

At 10:16 am local time, participants should do the following:

INHS Community Wellness Calender for October

INHS Community Wellness Calender for October

Inland Northwest Health Services has announced their October lineup of classes designed to educate and assist members of the Spokane community. Times, dates and information are listed below. Registration is online at www.wellness.inhs.org.

 

Lunch and Learn

This class is the perfect solution for those looking for ways to add flavor to meals without using salt and processed foods. Join us to try homemade spice blends, hot sauces and a delicious twist on a curry salad and the traditional Sloppy Joe! Plus, take home the recipes for every dish you try.

Date: October 16

Time: Noon – 1 pm

Location: 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 245

Cost: Free

 

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