By MADELEINE SHERRIER/Montana State News

The Gallatin County-City Health Department will join the Bozeman Deaconess in celebrating National Infant Immunization Week beginning April 22 by hosting an event promoting immunizations and cancer prevention.

The collaborative event will be hosted at the health department in Bozeman on Saturday April 27, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During the event, the health department will be offering immunization services for all ages by appointment. All insurances will be billed and for children who are not covered by insurance, there will be no administration fees on that day. For adults who need a tetanus (Tdap) immunization and lack insurance, the vaccine will also be provided at no cost that day.

Along with the immunization services offered, Community Care Connect Mobile Outreach, a partnership with Bozeman Deaconess Health Services, Community Health Partners, Gallatin County-City Health Department, Gallatin Valley Food Bank and the Human Resources Development Council will be offering non-fasting blood draws for a cholesterol screening, a comprehensive metabolic panel and complete blood cell count. Clinical breast exams will also be provided, free of charge. Mammogram vouchers for those who qualify will be available.

Suzan Hanrahan, a nurse at Bozeman Deaconess stated, “The event is a really great opportunity for our community to gain these very important forms of health care at a low cost as well as in an accessible and convenient environment. The clinic is very exciting to the health community of Bozeman because it well help to educate members of the community about how important it is to get these specific exams, tests and vaccinations.”

For further information or to set up an immunization appointment contact the health department at: (406) 582-3100. For further information about the blood draws and clinical breast exams, call Community Care Connect at (406) 595-2022.

Visit the Center of Disease Control’s website at: www.CDC.gov for more information about events occurring across the country during the week.

-Edited by Alyssa Burzynski

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