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Shots 4 Tots Week Offers Free Immunizations in Downtown Las Vegas

Shots 4 Tots Week Offers Free Immunizations in Downtown Las Vegas

The Southern Nevada Health District and United Way of Southern Nevada are offering several free childhood immunization clinics in Downtown Las Vegas this month. Children needing immunizations must be accompanied by a parent or an adult with written permission from the custodial parent of the child, and the child's immunization records. For more information, call the immunization clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit www.snhd.info.

The Shots 4 Tots Clinic will be held:

Saturday, March 5, at East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center

250 N. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas 89101, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

and during Shots 4 Tots Week, 

March 14-Friday, March 18 at the Ravenholt Public Health Center

625 Shadow Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89106, (702) 759-1000 from 8 am to 4:30 pm


Health District Reports 5 Flu-Related Deaths

LAS VEGAS -- A 4-month-old boy is among the five who have died in Clark County because of the flu. The Southern Nevada Health District says a mild flu season is expected to pick up in the next few weeks and urging people to get their shot.

Be ready. That's the message the health district is sending out after an infant became the latest victim of complications of the flu. Because of privacy issues, the health district won't discuss specifics of the case, but they are hoping others will learn from this child's death.

Wing seven inside the Southern Nevada Health District leads to a packed clinic where parents and kids are waiting for their flu shots.

"We've had a very mild influenza season, until now. But across the nation and here in Southern Nevada there's been a increase in the number of flu cases just in the last couple of weeks," said Dr. John Maddaugh, SNHD.

Interest Rises in Alcoholic Energy Drinks

LAS VEGAS -- Called "blackout in a can by critics," Four Loko and other caffeine-infused alcoholic drinks have come under fire from the FDA recently. Due to the public health concern, the companies are changing their formulas. Even so, the recent media attention has increased interest in the product. 

"Look, there's even more cases up here," said Naaila Hossain whose family runs the DFM Mart at Charleston Blvd. and Jones Blvd.

Four Loko and other alcohol energy drinks have become a hotter commodity lately as media spin and federal threats loom.

"With the speculation of it getting banned, more people are coming to buy it because it's their last chance of getting it," said Hossain.

I-Team: Mentally Ill Crowding Las Vegas Emergency Rooms

LAS VEGAS - On the campus of the state psychiatric hospital, hearing master Jon Norheim holds court.

David (not his real name) sits before Norheim on a Legal 2000 hold, a system used to initiate involuntary commitment of a severely mentally ill person. David, according to his doctors, tried to circumcise himself with a box cutter to ensure his entry into the "kingdom". Now on medication, David sounds lucid.

"I feel fine. I feel a little bit stupid about it all," he said.

That is a far cry from his demeanor nearly two weeks earlier at a local emergency room. State law requires those seeking psychiatric help to first undergo a medical evaluation. Though the process typically takes a matter of hours, patients like David often languish in the ER for days.

UMC Offering Free Breast Exams

LAS VEGAS -- In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, UMC is offering free clinical breast exams.

The American Cancer Society says more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer this year.

The free breast exams will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1000 Shadow Lane. You can call 207-8265 for more information.

The exams will be performed by health care providers who will check the breasts for lumps or irregularities that could signal breast cancer.


Free Flu Shots Available Around Las Vegas Valley

LAS VEGAS -- With flu season just around the corner, health officials are doing what they can to prepare. Several no-cost flu clinics will held to help keep families healthy.

Many people at the clinics say they are just happy to do what they can gear up for the season. Several families also admit if it weren't for the free flu shots, they would probably go without this year. That's something they've done in the past, but regretted.

"All the family was sick every day and also my kids lost days at school -- like two or three days a month," said Gabriela Elias.

Dozens of children and parents lined up for their flu shots or flu mists at the Acelero Learning Headstart. The event was held by the Southern Nevada Immunization Coalition.

Families there say even though the season isn't here just yet, they would rather be safe than sorry and take advantage of the free clinic.

CDC Report: Nevada Improved in Emergency Preparedness

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- A new report by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Nevada has improved its preparedness to respond to public health emergencies.

The report released Tuesday gave Nevada a score of 89 for the efficiencies of its public health labs and overall planning. A score of 69 is needed to be considered acceptable performance in plans to receive, distribute and dispense medical assets.

The review said the state's laboratory response network could test for biological agents and had round-the-clock emergency contacts.

Results in Tuesday's report were based on data from 2008 and 2009. A similar report issued in 2008, based on 2006 data, gave Nevada a score of 55.

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