Don't let the current health care crisis in America keep you from getting checked out and vaccinated. Several entities are offering free screenings and vaccinations Friday and Saturday.
FREE BLOOD GLUCOSE TESTING
North Texas Walgreen's locations are offering free blood glucose testing on Friday. Find out if you are one of the estimated 6 million Americans who have diabetes and don't know it. The screenings are available at all Dallas-Fort Worth area 24-hour Walgreen's locations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for those age 18 and over.
Last November, Walgreens held its first Diabetes Wellness Event, through which more than 80,000 test were administered. Of those, 25 percent of those screened were said to have been "at risk" for diabetes.
For more information on the blood glucose screenings, or to find a 24-hour Walgreen's near you, visit www.walgreens.com/diabetes.
FREE STD TESTING
The Dallas County Health and Human Services office is offering free tests for sexually transmitted diseases. The program recognizes the upcoming National Black HIV-AIDS Awareness Day. Testing runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Health Department Building at 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway.
A second clinic starts at 11 a.m. at Southwest Center Mall in Dallas.
The final testing program will be held Saturday at the Martin Luther King Clinic in Dallas.
FREE H1N1 VACCINES
Also on Saturday, Collin County Healthcare Services will hold a free H1N1 swine flu vaccine clinic in Farmersville. The clinic is being set up at Farmersville High School on state Highway 78. The vaccine program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public. No reservation is required and the clinic is open to everyone.
A third Collin County clinic is planned for a later date.
For more information on H1N1 vaccinations, visit the Texas flu vaccine locator at www.texasflu.org.