Grant County Health Fair set for Friday, June 17

Eagle file photo Lindsay Madden, right, of the Grant County Health Clinic does a quick blood sugar check for Tammy Robirts of John Day at a past Grant County Health Fair. The annual event is scheduled from 6 a.m. to noon Friday, June 17, at Grant Union Junior-Senior High School.

JOHN DAY — From blood tests and immunizations to information on health issues and services, the annual Grant County Health Fair has plenty to offer to keep the community in good shape.

This is the 22nd year for the event, scheduled for 6 a.m. to noon Friday, June 17, at the Grant Union Junior-Senior High School new gym.

Several health care providers will be participating again this year with over 40 different booths.

The cost for the blood test this year is $15. People should fast for 12 hours before having their blood drawn; water and medications are OK.

Grant County Health Department will provide A1C testing for $10, and the HGB (iron) test is free. Vaccines for pneumonia, Prevnar13 and Tdap will also be available and can be billed to insurance, so people are urged to bring their insurance cards.

Organizations helping make the fair possible include Blue Mountain Hospital, Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary, Grant County Community Advisory Council, Grant County Fairgrounds, Grant County Health Department, Grant Union Junior-Senior High School and Malheur National Forest.

The Grant County Health Fair Committee is again challenging those in the community who are able to assist fellow citizens by donating to a fund to provide scholarships to allow those less fortunate to have their blood tested at the Grant County Health Fair. Several scholarships were made possible last year.

Pre-registration is available from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. June 10, 13, 14, 15 and 16 in the Blue Mountain Hospital foyer.

Donations may be mailed to Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary, 170 Ford Road, John Day, OR 97845. Make checks payable to Blue Mountain Hospital Auxiliary.

For more information, call 541-575-1480.

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