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January 21, 2014

Free Health Screenings and Tdap Vaccinations at the 2014 Farm Show

The annual Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Fair Grounds this January 28-30 to celebrate its 82st year. Once again, the Healthy Farmers-Healthy Farms Booth at the show will offer free health screenings and Tdap vaccinations.

Free Tdap immunizations will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm each day. Tdap protects against Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends this immunization. After an initial dose of Tdap, the CDC suggests Td (Tetanus/diphtheria) vaccine be given to all adults every 10 years to maintain protection. Tetanus enters the body through cuts and scratches; the tetanus bacteria live throughout the environment and are commonly found in soils contaminated with manure. Diptheria and Whooping Cough are spread person-to-person by coughing and sneezing.

FREE health screenings and information are available, including

• Blood Pressure screening

• Blood Glucose monitoring

• Body-Mass Index information

• DermaScan screening for sun damage

• Hearing information

• Smoothie Bike- pedal the bike to run the blender making yogurt smoothies!

• Nutritional information

• Farm First information

• Free massage!

Once you enter the main doors of the Champlain Valley Expo, take a right into Expo North and you’ immediately on your left. In addition to all the healthy benefits at the booth, drawings will be held for prizes.

These services are provided by VT Agency of Agriculture, VT Farm Show, VT Farm Health Task Force, Farm First, Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT, UVM Extension-VT AgrAbility Project, VT Department of Health, Open Door Clinic, Fletcher Allen Health Care, UVM School of Nursing, American Cancer Society of VT, Vermonters Taking Action Against Cancer and the Wellness Massage Center and Institute.

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About the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets: VAAFM facilitates, supports and encourages the growth and viability of agriculture in Vermont while protecting the working landscape, human health, animal health, plant health, consumers and the environment.

www.agriculture.vermont.gov

Media Contact: Louise Waterman, Louise.Waterman@state.vt.us, 802-828-6900

Source: Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
Last Updated at: January 21, 2014 16:19:37