Health News: Drive-through flu shots available Sept. 29

Health News: Drive-through flu shots available Sept. 29

September 24th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

Drive-Through Flu Shots

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is partnering with Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, 4801 Highway 58 in Chattanooga, for its fourth annual drive-through flu shot clinic on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Walgreens Pharmacy representatives will administer flu vaccines to those ages 7 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parking lot. BlueCross members or others with insurance coverage must bring their ID cards to receive flu vaccines provided in their coverage. Vaccines are available for $30 to those without insurance.

In addition to receiving flu shots, attendees can drop off their unused and expired prescriptions to help reduce the risk of medication misuse and abuse.

Local Physician Honored

Dr. Mukta Panda, assistant dean for medical student education and well-being and a professor at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, has been chosen to receive fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians – London.

She will be formally recognized at the Royal College of Physicians' 500th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 26, where she will also participate on behalf of the American College of Physicians in a roundtable discussion on health system reform.

Panda grew up in India and studied and practiced in India, London and Saudi Arabia before pursuing residency training and practice in the United States.

She has received numerous recognitions, including the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Bland W. Cannon Award for service, work as a board of directors member for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and the Tennessee Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award for her work on the issue of physician well-being.

She recently released the reflective and motivational book, "Rhythm of Our Hearts," co-authored with her father, retired surgeonDr. Shyam Parashar.

Teen Grief Retreat

Hospice of Chattanooga is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for Teen Retreat 2018, a one-day retreat on Saturday, Oct. 20, designed especially for adolescents ages 13 to 18 who have experienced the death of a relative or close friend.

Using the theme "Remember Me," the program is free and open to any child in the community who has experienced a death. Hospice of Chattanooga will also host a special adult support session for parents, guardians and adult sponsors of teens.

The event will be held at the Nature Center at Reflection Riding, 400 Garden Road, and registration options are available online at www.hospiceofchattanooga.org, including instructions for registering by mail or fax. More information is available by calling 423-805-7112.

Community Resources Fair

The Erlanger Dodson Avenue Community Health Center is hosting a free "Get to Know Your Community Resources" fair on Monday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Those attending the fair will obtain information from community resources and organizations about housing, food bank, mental health, primary health, and employment opportunities, among other things.

For more information about the event or local health services, contact the Dodson Avenue Community Health Center, 1200 Dodson Ave., at 423-778-2880 or 423-778-2850.

Metabolic and Bariatric Support Group

Erlanger Health System's Metabolic and Bariatric Center is offering a support group meeting on Monday focused on the theme, "Getting ready for a new season, mind and body."

The support group will meet at Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation in the outpatient conference room from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 423-778-2906.

Survivorship Empowerment Class

CHI Memorial Rees Skillern Cancer Institute will host a survivorship empowerment class on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. that will help survivors develop habits to help them live well after cancer.

The free class is open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they received treatment, and their caregivers.

During the class, participants will learn about the role of nutrition in reducing the chance of cancer recurrence. Survivors and guests will also learn how exercise and physical activity can help manage the side effects of chemotherapy and improve quality of life for cancer survivors.

For more information and to register, call 423-495-7778.

Mobile Mammography

CHI Memorial's mobile health coach will provide mammography screenings at the YMCA Healthy Living Center at North River on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Cherokee Health at Eastgate on Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Women between ages 35-40 should have one screening mammogram to look for hidden breast changes. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended every year.

Those who fall under these guidelines and who haven't received a mammogram in the past 12 months may participate with or without insurance.

Participants should bring their insurance card, photo ID and know their doctor's first and last name. Financial assistance may be available for those without insurance.

To schedule a screening, call 423-495-4040 or 866-591-2254.

Mobile Lung CT

CHI Memorial's mobile lung CT coach will provide computerized tomography (CT) screenings at the YMCA Healthy Living Center at North River on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The test looks for signs of lung cancer in otherwise healthy people and is covered by private insurance companies and Medicare and Medicaid for certain high-risk individuals, such as people age 50 or older with a history of smoking.

If you feel that you are at risk, call 423-495-LUNG (5864) to schedule an appointment.

Maternity Class

Erlanger Health System's Monogrammed Maternity class provides a personalized approach to childbirth education tailored to a couple's needs.

This one-on-one session with a prenatal educator enables couples to privately discuss their personalized birth plans, begin the admission process, visit with a lactation consultant and ask questions that make the birth experience less stressful.

Sessions are $40 and can be scheduled as early as 34 weeks gestation. For more information, call 423-778-5465 or visit www.erlanger.org/classes.

Breastfeeding Support Group

Erlanger Women's Services department hosts monthly breastfeeding support groups at Erlanger Baroness and Erlanger East Hospitals. This class is open to women no matter where they choose to deliver.

Attendees will meet with other breastfeeding and pregnant mothers to discuss struggles, techniques and provide support to one another during what can be a difficult time for a new mom. Topics, facilitated by a certified lactation consultant, include how to get off to a good start in the hospital, handling common challenges, incorporating dad and tips for success at home.

The next classes are scheduled for Oct. 2, 9 and 16. For more information, please visit www.erlanger.org/classes.

Saturday Walk-in Clinic

The Erlanger Sports and Health Institute announces Saturday Sports Injury Walk-In Clinic hours new through Nov. 7.

The clinic is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is located at 1100 E. 3rd St., Suite G-102. You do not have to be an established patient to use the walk-in services.

For more information, please call 423-778-3390 or visit www.erlanger.org/sportsmed.

Yoga Classes

Erlanger Health System's Living Well classes are now offering free yoga with certified health coach Christine Smith at Erlanger East Hospital.

Classes are offered on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the Patient Tower Lobby, Entrance A. For more information, visit www.erlanger.org/livingwell.


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