Pasco Health Department schedules swine flu shots for "priority" groups

Donate blood: Donate blood from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the Bloodmobile at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road. For information, call Florida Blood Services at (727) 819-3100.

Swine flu shots: The Pasco County Health Department will offer free swine flu vaccines Saturday for people in "priority groups" — which include pregnant women; caregivers and families of infants 6 months and younger; individuals 6 months to 24 years old; people 25 to 64 years old with chronic medical conditions; and health care and emergency medical personnel. The H1N1 vaccine clinic runs from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at three Health Department locations: 13941 15th St. in Dade City; 4135 Land O'Lakes Blvd. in Land O'Lakes; and 10841 Little Road in New Port Richey. Nasal spray and injectable vaccinations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; tickets will be distributed starting at 9:30 a.m.

Seasonal flu: The Pasco County Health Department offers seasonal flu shots for $25 payable by cash or check. The shot is free for patients who provide proof of straight Medicare. People are urged to make an appointment by calling the clinic of their choice: Dade City at (352) 521-1450; Zephyrhills at (813) 780-0740; Hudson at (727) 861-5661; New Port Richey at (727) 861-5260; or Land O'Lakes at (813) 588-5173.

Babies

Childbirth classes: A half-day intensive childbirth prep class is 9 a.m. Saturday. Trinity Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., New Port Richey. Call for fee. For details, call (727) 462-7500.

Immunizations: The Pasco County Health Department offers free immunizations for children through the age of 18 by appointment. For Dade City, call (352) 521-1450; for Zephyrhills, call (813) 780-0740; for Hudson, call (727) 861-5661; for New Port Richey, call (727) 861-5260; and for Land O'Lakes, call (813) 588-5173.

La Leche League breast-feeding support: 10:30 a.m. second Thursday of each month. All Children's Specialty Care of Pasco, 4443 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Free. For details, call (727) 367-7218 or (813) 383-8458.

Prenatal yoga: 7 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays. Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. $50 for four sessions. To register, call (727) 834-5630.

Hearing assistance

Clinics: St. John's Hearing Institute hosts ear wax checks and removal, hearing screenings and hearing aid checks. Participants who wear hearing aids receive one free package of batteries.

• 9 to 11 a.m. the second Monday of each month. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 863-6868.

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month. CARES Elfers Senior Center, Grey and Barker Streets, Elfers, (727) 847-1290.

Hearing Loss Enrichment Program: 2 p.m. Thursday. Pasco Elderly Nutrition Center, 8600 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. The meeting is for people 55 and older who experience hearing loss. Features a guest speaker from SHINE, followed by game time. Reservations are suggested. For details, call (727) 853-1010.

Specialized telephones: Florida residents with difficulties using the telephone because of a hearing loss or speech disability may qualify for free specialized phone equipment. Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services at Bentley Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road, Zephyrhills, provides amplified telephones, text telephones, captioned telephones and ring signaling devices. Free hearing screenings by appointment. Call toll free (866) 685-9477.

Seminars/workshops

Avoiding family conflict in retirement: 10 a.m. Thursday at Atria Baypoint Village, 7927 State Road 52, Hudson. Class is part of the Smart Seniors School series. To register, call (727) 863-5808.

Better breathers: 2 p.m. the last Thursday of each month. Bayonet Point Conference Center, at the rear of Regional Medical Center, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. For details, call (727) 869-5566.

Caregiver seminars: Help and resources for caregivers once a month in three different locations. To RSVP, call (813) 245-2372.

• 2 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. Pasco Regional Medical Center, Medical Plaza I, Suite 108, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City. Reservations required.

• 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Long Term Acute Care Hospital At Connerton, 9441 Health Center Drive, Land O'Lakes. Reservations required.

Coping with holiday grief: 6 p.m. Tuesday at Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes or 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at HPH, 37445 Clinton Ave., Dade City. A 90-minute workshop for people facing holidays while grieving for loved ones. For reservations in Land O'Lakes, call toll free (800) 486-8784.

CPAP/BIPAP Clinic: 1 p.m. Mondays in November. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. For details, call (727) 462-7500.

Easy dieting for diabetics: 9:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Taught by registered dietitian Bridget Shapiro. For reservations, call (727) 834-5630.

Medicare assistance: SHINE counselors are available to answer Medicare questions by appointment from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at CARES Elfers, 4136 Barker Dr., Elfers. To make an appointment, call (727) 847-1290.

Prevention presentation: 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Conference Center, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Doctors give talks about preventing obesity, heart attacks and strokes. RSVP at (727) 869-5498.

Yoga classes: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. $6. Bring a knee pad and towel. Call (727) 863-6868.

Zumba Gold: 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Gulf Highlands Civic Association, 7831 Gulf Highlands Drive. A low-impact exercise program for seniors. $5. For details, call Candee at (727) 858-5627.

Testing/screenings

Blood pressure clinic: 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. Jewish Community Center, 9841 Scenic Drive, Port Richey. Free. (727) 847-3814.

Blood pressure screening: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Free. For details, call 1-877-422-3627.

Blood pressure/diabetes: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month. CARES Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. For details, call (727) 863-6868.

Breast and cervical: The Healthy Woman Today program provides screenings for women who are older than 50 and are low income and uninsured. Women aged 40 to 49 might also qualify for breast cancer screening services, as well as younger people with breast abnormalities. For information, call Billie Pryce at (727) 816-1100.

Health screenings: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. CARES Musunuru Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. No fee. For details, call (727) 863-6868.

HIV testing: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 26. Spirit of Life Church, 4133 Thys Road, New Port Richey. The Pasco County Health Department will provide free, anonymous, oral HIV testing. For information, call (727) 861-5250, ext. 172, in New Port Richey or (352) 521-1450, ext. 346 for Dade City.

Mammography screening: Screenings and radiologist readings by appointment. Community Hospital in New Port Richey. $60. For details, call (727) 834-5636. Not eligible for insurance reimbursements. Some restrictions apply.

Memory loss

Alzheimer's Family Organization offers free screenings Monday by appointment only in Zephyrhills. For information, call (727) 848-8888 or toll free (888) 496-8004.

Orthodontic exams: Dr. Myron S. Graff offers a free screening to patients of all ages by appointment, at 5522 Gulf Drive, New Port Richey, or 1822 Health Care Drive, Trinity. Call (727) 848-5525.

Speech and language: Free screenings by Kernaghan and Moore: Speech and Language Therapy Services at 7633 Cita Lane, Suite 101 in New Port Richey. For children ages 2 to 12 by appointment only. For details, call (727) 376-1111.

Send health related items to Arleen Spenceley at aspenceley@sptimes.com, fax to (727) 869-6233, or mail to 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, Fl. 34668. Call (727) 869-6235. Please send information about events at least 14 days in advance.

Pasco Health Department schedules swine flu shots for "priority" groups 11/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 8:22pm]

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