Health care at Vanderhoof health fair

This year's health fair saw hundreds of people come out for free flu shots and information.

Gladys and Dave Geernaert seen with Gerry Thiessen handing out Senior Connected gift bags at this year's health fair Nov. 5

Gladys and Dave Geernaert seen with Gerry Thiessen handing out Senior Connected gift bags at this year's health fair Nov. 5

With flu season underway, it’s no wonder hundreds of people came out to Vanderhoof’s annual Health Fair

Held at the Senior Friendship Centre Wednesday, Nov. 5,  the event hosted an array of information booths along with Northern Health’s behind-the-curtain flu shots. Over 300 people came to take advantage of the free shot and information but, for those who missed the date, more drop-in flu shot clinics will be open to the public at the Vanderhoof Health Unit November 19, 20 and 27.

Seniors Connected also handed out 100 gift bags with a 70-piece first aid kit,  an emergency-numbers magnet and senior emergency booklet. The book provides seniors space to write in their medications, allergies and any important information.

“Say the senior was unconscious. If it’s in a place it can be seen the doctor will know all their pertinent and personal information,” said Debra-Ann Bishop, Senior Connected co-ordinator. “They’re a great home kit.

Funding for the kits was secured by Seniors Connected through the Healthy Community Alliance in partnership with the District of Vanderhoof.

Upon arrival, guests received a check card to have signed by specialists at each booth. If every booth was visited, the card went into a draw for a large gift basket.

Heather Goretzky, MAO at Omineca Medical Clinic, had a booth at the fair. “We are providing information to patients about advanced care planning and how to prepare for the future,” said Ms. Goretzky, about information that can be obtained at the clinic all year round.

Other information booths gave guests spirited knowledge on all sorts of preventive and maintenance healthcare such as heart and stroke, cancer, quitting smoking, eating right,  and senior health to name a few.

Mike Williams, prevention specialist with BC Responsible and Problem Gambling Program, also had a booth at the fair. “It’s just a great event every year being connected with the people and getting resources out,” he said.