Montana Rural Health Initiative

Fairfield Community Flu/Health Clinic

Fairfield Public Schools hosted a health clinic providing flu vaccines, pneumonia shots, and blood draws.

To kickoff National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, Fairfield Public Schools hosted a health clinic on Wednesday, October 27, 2011 in the high school multipurpose room. The Teton County Health Department administered flu shots, flu mists, and pneumonia shots throughout the day. The Benefis Orthopedic Center also participated by offering blood draws for basic lab tests (lipid and glucose) and PSA testing. Furthermore, the results of the lab tests will be available at the Employer Wellness Fair at the Orthopedic Center of Montana on November 9, which includes many more health fair stations for participants. The health clinic also included free diabetes screening and information provided by the local Fairfield Lions Club. The Fairfield Lions Club also sponsored this endeavor by splitting the cost of refreshments along with Fairfield Public Schools for participants, while asking for citizens to recycle old eyeglasses for their Sight Project.

As Fairfield Public Schools wanted to provide this service for the community, they distributed posters around town and advertisement in the local newspaper. The health clinic drew in community members to provide 110 vaccinations and 25 blood draws. In the future, the school would like to be more proactive about getting the word out in order to offer this service to as many people as possible. They would also like to incorporate the First Responder Class in the high school to provide respiration counts and blood pressure measurements for participants which would also give the class members a chance to practice skills learned throughout the course. Overall, the volunteers and organizations involved in this health fair made it a success!

The annual health fair in Fairfield is now overseen by Teton Medical Center. The 2013 Health Fair will be on April 5.

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