Health digest

Health digest

CCH, heart group set fundraiser

COLUMBUS — Columbus Community Hospital has teamed with the American Heart Association as presenting sponsor of the Columbus Go Red For Women Ladies Night Out through 2014. The hospital committed $9,000 to the association’s “Go Red For Women” campaign to fight the number one killer of women in Nebraska through the three-year sponsorship. “Go Red For Women” is the American Heart Association’s initiative empowering women to embrace healthier choices to fight cardiovascular disease. Ladies Night Out in Columbus premiered in 2010 , raising just under $30,000 for the cause. Go Red For Women funds are used for women-focused research, educational programs, and to create treatment guidelines for physicians. The 2012 Columbus Go Red For Women Ladies Night Out is scheduled for March 6 at the New World Inn. For information contact  Kevin Sypal at (402) 489-5115 or

Polk Co. clinics set for July dates

OSCEOLA — The Polk County Health Department will hold three immunization clinics during July.

The clinics will be from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at the Shelby Senior Center; 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at the Polk County Health Department Office in Osceola; and 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 at the Hruska City Library in David CIty.

An appointment is recommended to avoid long wait times. Students enrolled in a pre-school based program, those entering school for the first time, and all students K-12th grade will be required to have a second chicken pox vaccine (varicella) for the 2011-12 school year if they have not had the disease. Children in need of polio, DTaP, MMR, Hib, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, rotavirus, varicella, influenza and prevnar are welcome.

Also available will be tetanus boosters, menactra, influenza and gardasil.

All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and a record of all previous immunizations is required. A small administrative fee will be charged; however, services will not be denied to those with a true inability to pay.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Polk County Health Department at (402) 747-2211.

Free neck, oral, head cancer check

COLUMBUS — A free oral head and neck screening event will be held from 5-7 p.m. July 19 at Columbus Cancer Care, 3764 39th Ave.

Doctors Joan Keit, M.D., Nila M. Novotny, M.D., and Kayla M. Dicke, P.A.-C., will be on hand to meet with patients to discuss signs and symptoms of oral cancer and related concerns.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. For more information, call (402) 562-TOMO (8666).


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