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April 21st, 2009
Free, low-cost medical services available at fair on Friday


Hays County’s Personal Health department will be one of several area health-related agencies offering free and low-cost medical advice and tests to Hays County residents during a Community Public Health Fair 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, at the San Marcos Convention Center.

As part of Cancer Awareness Month in Hays County, proclaimed by the Hays County Commissioners Court and sponsored by Texas State University, the Hays County Personal Health Department will provide information on adult vaccines for diseases such as Hepatitis A and B, pneumonia and shingles as well as bacterial meningococcal disease and the combined tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine. Students who can provide a Texas State University identification will be able to receive the Gardasil vaccine, which is effective in preventing 70 percent of all cervical cancers.

Participants will also be able to sign up for low-cost mammograms, which will be provided at a later date from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, and numerous other cancer organizations will provide information on early detection and screening for various types of cancer, such as skin, breast, lymphoma, cervical, testicular, uterine, oral and colon/rectal. Information about genetic testing, smoking and treatment options following a diagnosis will also be offered. A free workshop, “Cancer has struck your family: what do you do now?” is also scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m.

The San Marcos Convention Center is located at the Embassy Suites, 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos at Interstate 35. The First Baptist Church, NBC, is providing free transportation in the San Marcos area to and from the Convention Center for those who need it. Arrangements must be made by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, by calling Deborah Mathews, at (512) 245-2734 or Josie Mack at (512) 392-4134.


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