There will not be any flu vaccine available at the Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing's annual health fair on Tuesday, Nov. 17. A shortage of seasonal flu vaccine meant that IU Northwest was unable to procure it for the event, according to Clinical Coordinator Glenda Dexter-Brown.
"We apologize for any inconvenience," Dexter-Brown said in a statement released to students, faculty and staff on Monday.
Dexter-Brown noted that a guest speaker has been added to this year's health fair. Dr. David Ashbach, M.D., from Nephrology Specialists, will present information on diabetes and hypertension starting at 10 a.m. in the Savannah Art Gallery. Ashbach is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the IU School of Medicine - Northwest. His presentation is sponsored by the IU Northwest Wellness Team.
Tuesday's health fair will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Savannah Center Gymnasium. Available services will include blood work, free health screenings, and health information. Blood draws begin at 7:30 a.m. in Savannah 205 and run until 11 a.m.
The theme for this year’s fair is “Don’t Monkey Around: Go Bananas for Good Health!” This event is open to the campus and to Northwest Indiana residents.
Services at this year’s fair will include: lipid, metabolic and hemagram profiles; blood pressure and bone-density screenings; and a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test, which screens for prostate cancer in men ages 40 to 50 years and older.
IU Northwest students may receive health profiles for free with student ID. Tests are $15.60 for faculty and staff and just $18.60 for the public. The PSA test is $17.50 for everyone. Blood-test recipients must fast for 12 hours and may only drink black coffee or water during the fast.
Payment for testing is due the day of the test. Only cash or checks will be accepted.
Assorted health-related groups and organizations will have booths at this year’s fair. The Savannah Center is located in the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway.
As a Northwest Indiana leader in health education, the IU Northwest School of Nursing and the College of Health and Human Services are pleased to offer these important health screenings to the community. For more information, contact Clinical Coordinator Glenda Dexter-Brown at (219) 980-6619, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.