Rotary blood screening dates set

The Buckhannon Rotary Club and St. Joseph’s Hospital will hold blood screenings on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and at the Tri-County Health Clinic in Rock Cave.

The Rotary Blood Screening will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will offer Basic Blood Profile tests for only $35, a savings of 90 percent. Optional testing for colon cancer and thyroid screening is available for an additional $5, PSA testing for $20 and Hemoglobin A1C for diabetes for $15. No appointments are needed and fasting for 12 hours is required prior to testing. Bring cash or a personal check along with your physician’s name to the screening.

Flu shots will also be available at the blood screenings to anyone over the age of 12 years. This year’s shot will be the quadrivalent vaccine, which for the first time, will guard against four strains of flu rather than the usual three. These four-in-one vaccines will protect against two common Type A strains called H1N1 and H3N2, and the two distinct strains of Type B. There are no out-of-pocket expenses for flu shots for those with a valid Medicare card. Cost for all others is $30.

The vaccination is extremely important for young children, people 65 and older, pregnant women, people with existing medical conditions and those people who are in contact with those at greatest risk. For vaccinations for children under the age of 12, please see your family physician. For more information, contact Lisa Wharton, vice president of public relations, at St. Joseph’s Hospital at 304-473-2138.