Missourinet: Eastern Missouri health fair includes free flu shots and health screenings

October 6, 2016 By Alisa Nelson

Free flu shots and vision and blood pressure screenings are being offered this Saturday at a St. Louis area health fair that’s hosted by some state lawmakers. Senator Jill Schupp (D- Creve Coeur), Representatives Sue Allen (R-Town and Country), Dean Plocher (R-Des Peres), Deb Lavender (D-Kirkwood), Tracy McCreery (D-Olivette), Mary Nichols (D-Maryland Heights) and Clem Smith (D-Velda Village Hills) are leading the event. Schupp says she’s proud of the bi-partisan support for the “Care Fair”.
Senator Jill Schupp (D) (photo courtesy; Missouri Senate)

Senator Jill Schupp (D) (photo courtesy; Missouri Senate)

“We knew that the fair could fulfill a lot of people’s needs. I think the idea that we keep people healthy in the community is so important. So many of these organizations, that’s what they are either in business for or that’s what their mission is as a non-profit,” says Schupp. “There is no reason for somebody in St. Louis County not to try to access what they need to help them with family situations, crises or just to make sure they’re staying healthy and fit.”

Schupp says dozens of vendors will be at the event.

“There’s something for everyone, from young children to senior citizens. We are just hopeful that they’ll come in and have access and learn about some of the services that they might not even know could be available,” says Schupp.

The fair also includes information about:

*Alzheimer’s disease
*Diabetes
*cancer treatment and prevention
*mental health services
* long-term care
*health insurance navigation
*respite care
*food stamps, Medicaid and temporary assistance for needy families
*financial and employment services
*resources for mothers with newborns
*domestic violence awareness and prevention
*foster care and adoption

People can also register to vote and free gun trigger locks will be given away.

The fair will be this Saturday, October 8 from 10-12 p.m. at the Overland Community Center in the St. Louis suburb of Overland. It is free and open to the public.

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