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Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

Time to Plan for Back-to-School Shots

With the 2013-14 school year approaching quickly, health officials are reminding parents to do required immunizations for their kids sooner than later.

The Southern Nevada Health District provides back-to-school shots at its public health centers. Pre-schoolers, kindergartners, and seventh-graders must get mandatory vaccinations.

The health district will offer extended hours for back-to-school immunizations the last two weeks of August. Immunizations are available:

Parents should bring immunization records. Children with no records might have to begin the immunization sequence from the beginning. Non-custodial adults may accompany a child, however, written consent must be provided to the health district from the parent or guardian at the time of service. An administrative fee of $16 per child for one immunization or $25 per child for two or more immunizations will be collected. Additional vaccines fees might apply.

Shots are available at these locations:

Boulevard Mall to Host Health Fair Saturday

Boulevard Mall to Host Health Fair Saturday

The Boulevard Mall will be hosting a health and fitness fair Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., people from around the community will be able to get information from some of the top health groups in the country and the state, including the American Heart & Stroke Association, American Lung Association in Nevada, Nevada Donor Network and the Nevada State Immunization Program.

The fair will offer free services and information such as health screenings and workshops.

Free Show Tickets for People Who Get Tested for HIV/AIDS

Free Show Tickets for People Who Get Tested for HIV/AIDS

A southern Nevada nonprofit, a new production on the Las Vegas Strip and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center is encouraging everyone to know their HIV status by offering free tickets for those who get tested.

Golden Rainbow has partnered with "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" and the Gay and Lesbian Center to promote National HIV Testing Awareness Day Thursday.

People who participate in the center's free HIV testing will get one complimentary ticket to Golden Rainbow's "Ribbon of Life" spectacular at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts Sunday, or a complimentary ticket to "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" at the Venetian Las Vegas.

Testing at the center located at 401 South Maryland Parkway will be from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

The Southern Nevada Health District is also offering free rapid HIV testing at its Sexual Health Clinic, 400 Shadow Lane, Suite 106.    

Long Term Follow Up Program for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Long Term Follow Up Program for Childhood Cancer Survivors

For those children who survive cancer, the battle isn’t always over after remission.

That’s why Nevada’s only nonprofit pediatric cancer outpatient center is now offering a program to specifically meet the needs of childhood cancer survivors. The Children’s Specialty Center of Nevada, a program of the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation, has created the Long Term Follow Up program for all childhood cancer survivors.  The personalized health screenings and long-term health monitoring are designed to keep survivors healthy far into their adult lives.

Cancer Navigator Program to be Celebrated at Event Friday

Cancer Navigator Program to be Celebrated at Event Friday

 

The success of a program that helps newly diagnosed cancer patients navigate their treatment will be celebrated at a breakfast set for Friday.

The American Cancer Society Patient Navigator Program at Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children's Hospital started in 2005 with a grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The program pairs a cancer patient with a navigator who takes them through the dozens of tasks that come up while battling the disease, from finding a wig to the sea of paperwork.

Since the program was first established, it has helped thousands of people focus on fighting cancer and not on the task that come with it. In 2012 alone, the program helped 1,600 cancer patients and their families.

The event Friday will be held at Sunrise Hospital and wil feature testimonials from navigators and the patients they have helped.

Check-In Kiosks Pop Up at Sunrise Health Hospitals

Check-In Kiosks Pop Up at Sunrise Health Hospitals

 

A local hospital group is making a switch to electronic check-in in its emergency rooms with an eye toward expediting the process.

Check-in kiosks are now available in the emergency lobby at Sunrise Hospital, Sunrise Children’s Hospital, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital.

“We live in a technology-driven world, and patients expect us to keep pace,” said Jennifer Renner, Director of Emergency Services at Southern Hills Hospital.

Patients select either English or Spanish, and swipe a driver’s license or credit card. A swipe at the kiosk is not used for billing purposes. Patients may also enter their name manually. They will then be asked to enter their reason for visiting from a drop-down list of options, or can enter their reason manually.

Hospital Offering Heart Health Symposium

Hospital Offering Heart Health Symposium

 

February is American Heart Month and Sunrise Hospital is doing its part by holding a heart health symposium this weekend.

The symposium will focus on the signs and symptoms of heart disease, along with the treatment options. The event is free to the public.

From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Doctors Kathy Benson and Arjun Gururaj will give a presentation on heart disease. They'll explain the risks, warning signs and treatments. They will also discuss the differences between warning signs in men and women. Registration is required for the lecture, call (702) 233-5454.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the hospital will hold a heart health fair. Nurses and other medical professionals will be on hand to discuss several problems, including heart valve, strokes, and weight loss.