Senior Health Fair update

October 28, 2009 —

Every year thus far the flu and pnuemonia vaccines have been available at the DMU Senior Health Fair Nov. 7.

Because our supplier, Polk County Health Department, is now out of vaccines, it is unlikely that they will be available this year, Nov. 7, at the fair. The Department has canceled all upcoming flu clinics due to the shortage. If their shipment arrives, they will offer them here. It is not expected that will happen. The University is seeking another supplier for the vaccine but at this time is uncertain whether it will be possible to offer them this year.

You can still get many other benefits at the fair. Screenings will be offered for blood glucose, blood pressure, vascular disease, skin cancer, bone density, vision and cholesterol. You can have your balance analyzed and learn about preventing a fall. Bring a list of your medications and make sure none of them interact. See demonstrations of CPR and osteopathic manual medicine. Have your lung capacity tested and get plenty of other health information.

If shots do become available, for sure, at the fair, this page will be updated.


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.

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