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Monday Medical: Community Health Fair basics

Susan Cunningham/For Steamboat Today

Want to check in on your health? Then check out the upcoming Community Health Fair.

Blood draws are one of the most popular features of the event. They're affordable, ranging from $15 for a complete blood count to $35 for a health profile that includes a cholesterol check. These tests can cost a few hundred dollars out-of-pocket, so they are especially helpful for people with a high-deductible health insurance plan or who are uninsured.

For those who take advantage of the early blood draws, the process is quick and convenient, often taking only 15 minutes.

Northwest Colorado Health will also be on-hand, so people can receive a flu shot or pneumonia vaccine for an additional cost.

The Community Health Fair, sponsored by UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, has been offered for more than three decades. Each year, it has served about 800 community members from Routt County and nearby areas.

Details about the early blood draws and health fair are as follows.

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Blood draws

Before having blood drawn, fast for 12 hours and drink lots of water. Coffee and tea are fine, as long as they are black — remember to leave out the sugar and milk. Blood tests offered are as follows.

  • Health profile: This popular blood test includes checks for cholesterol, glucose, thyroid stimulating hormone, liver function, kidney function, electrolytes and iron. Cost is $35.
  • Complete blood count (CBC): White and red blood cell counts, along with hemoglobin and platelet counts. Cost is $15.
  • Prostate specific antigen (PSA): For men only. Ask your doctor whether this test is recommended. Cost is $25.
  • Hemoglobin A1C: For people managing diabetes; this is not a screening to determine whether someone has diabetes. Cost is $20.

Test results will be mailed within two weeks. Consult your doctor for questions on whether a certain blood test would be helpful for you.

Early blood draws

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for early blood draws. Morning appointments are available from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 18 through 21. There are no walk-in appointments, and pre-registration closes 48 hours prior to each date.

Blood draws take about 15 minutes and include a blood pressure screening. Northwest Colorado Health will also offer flu shots and pneumonia vaccinations. No appointment is necessary for the shots, but people should bring their insurance cards or payment for the vaccinations, as it is not included in the blood draw cost.

Community Health Fair

The health fair is scheduled from 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Pre-registration and pre-payment are recommended and can help people save time, but walk-ins are still welcome. Pre-registration closes 48 hours prior to the event start.

In addition to the blood draws, the health fair also offers free health screenings for blood pressure, height and weight and body mass index calculations, along with the flu shots and pneumonia vaccinations offered by Northwest Colorado Health.

To preregister for the health fair or receive more information, visit yvmc.org/healthfair. For more information, call 970-871-2500.

 Susan Cunningham writes for Yampa Valley Medical Center. She can be reached at cunninghamsbc@gmail.com.

 

If you go

What: Early blood draws

When: 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 18 through 21

Information: Low cost blood tests, flu shots and pneumonia vaccine are available. Pre-registration is required.

What: Community Health Fair

When: 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 23

Where: UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive

Information: Low cost blood tests, flu shots and pneumonia vaccine, checks on blood pressure, height and weight and body mass index. Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information and pre-registration, visit yvmc.org/healthfair. For more information, call 970-871-2500.

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