BOISE -- The public is invited to get a free health screening and flu shot in Boise this Thursday.

The free screening for uninsured adults. It will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 707 W. Fort Street.

In addition to flu shots and hepatitis C screenings, services will include:

● Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks and medication reviews

● Dental evaluations

● Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires

● On-site testing for blood sugar levels and HIV status

● Mammogram referrals

● Nutrition assessment and recommendations

● Health education

As our nation continues to confront the extraordinary costs of medical care, this is a great program for citizens who lack sufficient medical insurance, said Ada County Commission Chairman Dave Case. It provides them with a valuable resource to catch health concerns before they incur huge emergency medical bills they can't afford to pay, and end up looking to the county to assist them.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends people born between 1954 and 1965 get screened for hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection that increases a person's chance of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C screenings are conducted by collecting a small drop of blood from a finger.

The community health screening is the 18th conducted by ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since March 2010. More than 500 adults have participated with many being referred to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment.

The full screening process takes about an hour. No appointment is necessary. For more information call 373-1700.

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