Free flu shots and HPV vaccine offered at ISU/Ada County Health Screening Nov. 12

Free flu shots, basic physical exams and the HPV vaccine are among the free services offered at a community health screening Thursday, Nov. 12, 4-7 p.m., at the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center, 1311 E. Central Drive. The screening is the third of six scheduled at various Treasure Valley locations through March for adults with no insurance or limited access to preventive health care.

Nearly 80 million people are infected with HPV or the human papillomavirus which can lead to genital warts or cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To receive the HPV vaccine at the ISU screening, you must be 19 or older, say clinic organizers.

Faculty and student clinicians administer the services which include:

● Blood pressure checks, medication reviews and disease education

● Dental evaluations

● Depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires

● On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol, HIV and hepatitis C

● Hearing and eye screenings

● Nutrition assessment and recommendations

● Health education

● Traumatic brain injury screenings

The Idaho Foodbank will provide free boxes of food for participants who want one.

The Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010 through a partnership with ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

The full screening process takes about 90 minutes, and patients in immediate need are given appointments at low-cost Treasure Valley clinics for additional care. For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.