Nikki Velarde, The Belton Journal
The Bell County Public Health District (BCPHD) held their 2nd Annual Health Fair at the Bell County Expo focusing on Back to School needs.
“Last year we couldn’t do any immunizations, sports physicals, vision screenings,” said Bonnie Scurzi, Director of BCPHD. “We are pooling together a bunch of different services so parents and children can come in for one stop and it’s all done.”
“It has been a great success this year,” Scurzi commented. “Most coming today aren’t just coming for one immunization or vaccination, they are getting several done. Even though we send out immunization lists to the schools so parents know what their kids need, sometimes vaccinating doesn’t get done until the very last minute. We don’t want kids to miss out on class time because of this. This event is a great way to bring several services together under one roof.”
Nearly 41 different vendors were at the Health Fair offering various services and useful information. This included adult services, children and family services, counseling, health and related services, and nutrition among other things.
Just a few of the vendors and services that were present at the event included the Family Advocacy Program, Junior League of Bell County, Ace Dental, WIC Program, Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, Greater Killeen Free Clinic, 4C Headstart, Atlas Soccer Academy, and Gym X Fitness. Of course BCPHD was also present with information on their clinics in the Temple and Killeen locations, environmental, health, and food protection, as well as preparedness.
“A lot of teamwork has brought all this together and made it happen,” said Scurzi. “Teamwork works. Focus on Back to School and being prepared for that. Making sure child is ready to go back to school. Kids can get their immunizations, grab a snack, play some games, parents can get a chiropractic checkup, and the whole family can learn some really helpful information on things they can do to stay healthy and safe.”
The Family Advocacy program talked about ways to keep your child safe both in and out of the school setting. They provided examples of discussions to have with your children on various topics such as calling for help, riding the bus, playground safety, bullying, as well as smoking and drugs.
Representatives from BCPHD were present and available to speak to children and their parents about what steps they could take to stay healthy, how to fight the flu, and what public health does to support them and their community. For those involved in sports, there were fact sheets available explaining a concussion, the signs, and what action both the parent and child should do.
The BCPHD clinic locations in Temple and Killeen provide medical and nursing services for immunizations as well as travel and immigration vaccines, sexually transmitted disease testing, pregnancy testing and birth control refills, and even family planning services.
For additional information on immunizations please visit immunizetexas.com or to schedule an appointment for travel and immigration vaccinations, please call (254) 939-2091. For any additional information on the vendors from the health fair, you may visit their websites. For BCPHD visit their website at bellcountyhealth.org