MedStar St. Mary's gives shots at Health Fair

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Health Connections gives flu vaccination at fair

California, MD – Each year many residents come out to get to get their flu shot, but the annual St. Mary’s County Health Fair always offers much more than that. This year’s fair was held on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in California featured health screenings, displays by health care service providers, education seminars and various other screenings.

The annual health fair is sponsored by the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County and the Department of Aging and Human Services, under the direction of Lori Jennings-Harris.

 Flu shots were provided by MedStar St. Mary’s Health Connections. A nurse at mid-morning reported the number of people availing themselves of the shots was down from last year. Those on Medicare received the shots for free. Everyone was informed it takes two weeks for the flu shots to become effective. Health Connections also provided body composition and glucose screenings in the same room.

Other screenings included:

• Blood Pressure by College of Southern Maryland
• Oral Health from Fortis College Dental Hygiene Program
• Hearing by Hearing Professionals
• Vision provided by Leonardtown Lions Club
• Depression from the Pastoral Family Counseling of Southern Maryland
• Leg Vein by Fran’s Nu Image
• Skin Cancer from Vergese and Ling, MD PA

The halls and corridors were packed with almost 100 vendors providing information on products and services. They included non-profit and for-profit organizations. Those entering the hall were given tote bags to carry off as much information, including the normal free pens and pencils, as their hearts desired.

Outside the building, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office had a Prescription Medication Collection station. For confidential document disposal, a shredder truck was stationed in the parking area for guests.

Several demonstrations were held throughout the day on the Zika Virus, providing home health care, drug overdose response training, enhanced fitness, Compression CPR and fitness at home.

The St. Mary’s County Health Fair is made possible by numerous sponsors (gold, silver and bronze). Breakfast was provided by Dunkin’ Donuts.

A photo gallery of the health fair is attached to this story.

Contact Dick Myers at dick.myers@thebaynet.com.