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Kids Get Free Vaccination Shots

Kids Get Free Vaccination Shots

Schools in the Clark County School District start classes Monday, which means this weekend is the last one for kids to get any vaccinations they may be missing.

Free immunizations were given out at the Martin Luther King Health Center Friday morning. Within just a few hours, 200 children were given injections. It is state law for children to be immunized against certain diseases, but Nevada has one of the lowest immunization rates in the country.

"It is very important for kids to get their immunizations before school starts to prevent any diseases or sicknesses,"  Dr. Darren Rahaman with Nevada Health Centers said.

There are immunizations that children going to school must have that children in other states do not need. To see the complete list of immunizations needed and a list of places to get the shots, go to snhd.info. 

RTC Launch Express Service to VA Medical Center

RTC Launch Express Service to VA Medical Center

 

The new multi-million dollar Veterans Medical Center opens Tuesday and starting next week the Regional Transportation Commission has launched an express way to get to the center from downtown Las Vegas.

The RTC started a commuter bus route from downtown to the facility in North Las Vegas August 14. Right now, the medical center is outside the RTC’s fixed-route, residential service area. However, the transportation commission worked with the Veterans Affairs Southern Nevada Healthcare System to offer the transportation option.

The new express line, known as DVX, will offer limited-stop service between the Bonneville Transit Center, a new park and ride location at the Cannery Casino & Hotel and the VA Medical Center. The new service will offer free rides from August 26 through September 1. After September 1, the fare rates will be $2 for a one-way ride.

Back-to-School Immunization Program Begins

Back-to-School Immunization Program Begins

 

The Southern Nevada Health District is starting regular back-to-school shot clinics Wednesday

The immunization clinics will be held at the health district’s new home at 330 S. Valley View at Meadows Lane. The shots will be available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. No other health district services will be available at the new building at this time.

Next week’s shot clinic is just the beginning of several clinics that will be held at various locations around the Las Vegas valley in the weeks leading up to the start of school. Many of the clinics will be low cost or no cost. For a complete list of clinics, go to snhd.com.

The Clark County School District requires the following vaccinations for students enrolled in public or private schools:

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

Health Care Students Receive Scholarships

 

A local physical therapy practice recently took part in a large scholarship effort put on by the Latin Chamber of Commerce.

The Latin Chamber of Commerce awarded $107,000 in scholarships to 128 Clark County students from 20 area schools. The scholarships were presented to graduating high school students in financial need at the chamber’s 27th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 23 at the South Point.

Matt Smith Physical Therapy was a contributing sponsor of scholarships given to Alejandra Acosta of Rancho High School, Chloe Nieves of Silverado High School and Vilma Silva of Cheyenne High School. Each was awarded a scholarship to attend UNLV to continue her education in health care.

Each student will mentor with a Matt Smith professional during their undergraduate career and will be eligible to renew their scholarship if they meet GPA requirements.

Health Fair Set for People in Need

Health Fair Set for People in Need

There are a lot of people in southern Nevada who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs because of the economic downturn.

Now, United Citizens Foundation is offering help to people without insurance or not enough insurance. The group is holding a health fair from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Cashman Center, 850 Las Vegas Boulevard North.

People in need will be able to get screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, vision, skin cancer, breast cancer plus pediatric and vaccine services. Also, free hygiene packs will be given away each hour.

Participants are also encouraged to bring their old pill bottles to get a prescription refill. No medication will be given out at the fair.

Women's Health Forum Planned for Tuesday

Women's Health Forum Planned for Tuesday

 

The Las Vegas All Women’s Health Care is partnering with Las Vegas Black Image Magazine for the inaugural Las Vegas Women’s Health Forum.

The forum is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Second Baptist Church, 500 West Madison. The forum is focused on key health information for women, including heart disease, breast cancer, mental health, gynecological care and nutrition.

The organizers are working with local churches in the African-American community. They want to give women in the community access to health information they may not have. 

Living Will, Directive Info at Healthcare Decision Day Event

Living Will, Directive Info at Healthcare Decision Day Event

 

Adult residents are invited to a free program held to celebrate National Healthcare Decision Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at the East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman will welcome participants for a town hall discussion scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. with panelists about advance directives and the Living Will Lock Box program. The remaining time will be available to visit exhibit booths, meet with pro bono attorneys to complete advance directives and talk to other professionals. The event is sponsored by the city of Las Vegas, Nathan Adelson Hospice, the Senior Citizens Law Project, State Bar of Nevada and other agencies.