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Aspen Valley Hospital hosts health fairs

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen Valley Hospital will hold two health fairs in the coming weeks – one to serve midvalley residents and one specifically for area seniors.

Midvalley Health Day takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the El Jebel Community Center/Eagle County government building. A variety of free and low-cost screenings will be offered.

Free screenings include blood pressure, eye pressure, vision, height, weight, body-mass index, pulse oximetry and knee exams (wear shorts).

Flu shots will be available for adults for $25. Laboratory tests requiring a blood sample will include the standard health-fair profile – glucose, kidney and liver function, lipids, thyroid stimulating hormone and complete blood count. These tests requires fasting for at least 12 hours (with the exception of water) and cost $48. A prostate-specific-antigen blood test for men costs $28.

Participants are encouraged to schedule appointments for blood draws. This can be done via the hospital website at http://www.avhaspen.org (those with appointments will be given first priority).

The Senior Health Fair – for those 60 and older – will take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 2 at Aspen Valley Hospital.

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The same lab tests as those at the midvalley event will be offered for the same prices. In addition, a cardio-CRP blood test and colorectal cancer kits will be offered for $35 and $25, respectively. Appointments will not be scheduled for the Senior Health Fair.

Flu and pneumonia shots will be available at no cost for seniors with Medicare cards. Otherwise, they are $20 (flu) and $45 (pneumonia). Free screenings include blood pressure, oral, vision, eye pressure, height, weight, body-mass index, peak flows, pulse oximetry and knee exams (wear shorts).

Participants should plan to pay by cash or check at both health fairs. For more information, call 970-544-1296.