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Free Health Screenings and More at the June 11 Henry County Community Health Fair

Health screening opportunities and healthy living information again will be featured at this year’s Henry County Community Health Fair from 8 am to noon, June 11 at Henry County YMCA.

Henry County Hospital Lab will be offering free fasting cholesterol and blood sugar screening along with PSA. Other vendors will provide blood pressure checks, foot screenings, BMI calculations, screening for childhood milestones, HIV testing, Hepatitis C testing and iron level testing along with health information and education on topics such as heart attacks, infection prevention, Medicare Part D, HIP 2.0 and handwashing techniques. Along with a police dog demonstration you will be able to pick up recipes and talk to a dietician, speak with exercise specialists and even try your hand at simulated impaired driving.

Lots of items will be handed out by the vendors such as: carb/fat/calorie counters, dental supplies, essential oils and of course pens and more.

You also will be able to schedule mammograms, heartscans and Medicare wellness visits. Be sure to sign up for a chance of winning a heartscan.

You won’t want to miss New Castle Pediatrics where they will be hosting a children’s book drive for their popular Reach Out and Read program that provides new and gently used books to patients six years old and younger. For every new and/or gently used children’s book you bring in, you will get a chance at winning a Colts football.

The New Castle-Henry County Library Bookmobile will be there, too, so bring your library card and we will see you at the Health Fair.

All Henry County Hospital System Campuses To Be Smoke Free June 1

Smoking Will Not Be Permitted On Any Part Of Facility Grounds

Resources for Quitting Smoking

  • Indiana Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) evidence based cessation treatment.
  • Quit Now Indiana ( includes: Web Coach and Text2Quit.
  • Freedom From Smoking free classes & support group at Henry County Hospital 521.1176.

Zika Virus Impacts Number of Donations Due to Travel Restrictions

Help By Donating at June 17 HCH Blood Drive

The Indiana Blood Center has been forced to defer up to 30 percent of donors at some post-spring break blood drives because they had traveled to areas where the Zika virus is being transmitted, according to a spokeswoman.

Last month, the center fell about 400 units short of its monthly goal of 10,000 units, The Indianapolis Star reported.

“That’s of concern,” said Andrea Fagan, a center spokeswoman. “It doesn’t sound like a lot when you quantify it that way, but those are potentially 400 patients that didn’t get blood.”

Advice from the Food and Drug Administration prompted the center to begin screening donors for Zika-area travel in March. The federal government recommends that those who travel to areas where the virus is active wait a month after returning to donate blood.

To make up for the drop in donations, Indiana Blood Center officials have been asking donors who are planning a trip to the affected areas to donate before they go. They’re also asking donors who haven’t traveled to help restock the center’s dwindling supplies.

“It’s a two-pronged approach,” said Dr. Julie Cruz, the center’s associate medical director. “The biggest thing that we want to let donors know is to plan for Zika travel and to let the donors who aren’t traveling know that we need them.”

Zika can be transmitted by a mosquito bite and through sex. The virus is rarely deadly, but it can cause birth defects when a pregnant woman is infected, so health officials have advised pregnant women not to travel to places where the virus is active, including the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico and much of Central and South America, and to be careful when having sex.

Because the virus can be transmitted through sex, Indiana Blood Center also is asking people who have had sexual contact with a man who has been in a Zika affected area in the past three months to refrain from donating blood in the 28 days after the sexual encounter.

Between March 14 and April 30, less than 1 percent of donors were turned away due to their risk for the Zika virus, according to the national office of the American Red Cross. Officials with the Indiana office

Be Smart About Antibiotics

When you have a pesky sore throat or a lingering cold, you may look for a quick fix. Antibiotics may seem like a good choice. But for many such common illnesses, they won’t help. That’s according to the latest guidelines on their proper use.

When to take antibiotics:

Antibiotics were first discovered in 1928. They are now some of the strongest medicines in the world. They are also some of the most misused. In fact, despite the overall drop in their use in the U.S., many adults still take them when they won’t do any good.

As a result, experts recently reassessed when these medicines should be used. They looked at the latest research on antibiotics. These medicines are a staple against health problems like bacterial infections. But they’re not suitable for 4 of the most prevalent illnesses: bronchitis, sore throat, a simple sinus infection, and the common cold.

Why should you skip the antibiotics if you have one of these illnesses? Such ailments are often caused by a virus. Antibiotics don’t work against viruses. Rather, they are best in fighting infections from bacteria, fungus, and parasites.

In certain cases, though, antibiotics may be warranted for some of these illnesses. Sometimes a sore throat may actually be strep throat. It’s a condition caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcal A. Your healthcare provider may also give you an antibiotic for a severe sinus infection. That’s one that worsens or doesn’t go away within a few weeks.

Why the concern:

It may seem like taking an antibiotic wouldn’t be a bad thing. But misuse can allow harmful bacteria to change and reproduce. These bacteria then become resistant or immune to an antibiotic. This is called antibiotic resistance.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern worldwide. Bacteria can spread from person to person. Some of these bacteria don’t cause any problems. They may even be helpful. But if you become infected with harmful bacteria, you may become sick. If those bacteria are resistant to certain antibiotics, your infection may be harder to treat. The antibiotics may simply not work.

You can do your part to help stop antibiotic resistance. Here’s how:

  • Don’t take antibiotics for illnesses caused by a virus. That includes colds, most sore throats and coughs, and the flu. Your healthcare provider can tell you how best to treat these ailments.
  • Never ask for antibiotics if your healthcare provider doesn’t recommend them.
  • If your healthcare provider does give you an antibiotic, be sure to take all of it, and take it as directed. Not doing so can allow some of the bacteria to live and reproduce. That raises the chance for the bacteria to form some resistance.
  • Don’t take an antibiotic that hasn’t been prescribed for you.
  • If you have leftover medicine, always throw it out properly. Ask your healthcare provider for the best way to do so.

Upcoming Events

Freedom From Smoking
June 7, 5:30 pm
Henry County Hospital
Delmar: 765.521.1176

Henry County Community Health Fair
Saturday, June 11, 8 am-noon
Henry County YMCA
765.529.4403 or 765.521.1580

Blood Drive
June 17, 9am-4 pm
Henry County Hospital

COPD Support Group
1st Wednesday, 1:30 pm
Henry County Hospital
Conference Room A
Shelley: 765.599.3109

Diabetes Education Class
4 weekly sessions
Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
Thursdays, 5-7 pm
Henry County Hospital
Patty: 765.521.1544

Bariatric Support Group
1st Monday, 6:30 pm
Henry County Hospital
Conference Room B
Missy: 317.409.3159

Infant Feeding Support Group
2nd Monday, 5-7 pm
4th Thursday, 11 am-1 pm
Henry County Hospital
Women & Children’s Unit Classroom