Hundreds Flock to Free Health Fair

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

Your health is critical and what better way to be proactive and become educated, than to attend a Free Health Fair at Edgewater Beach Resort.

Wednesday marked the '2nd Annual 2010 Health Expo' at the Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach. The free event is open to the public and had quite the turnout, as hundreds of curious people showed up right as the doors opened at 10 a.m.

The first hundred people received a canvas bag filled with lots of goodies. Around 66 vendors from across the county set up informational booths in hopes to educate. Among the plethora of vendors, experts from Bay Medical Center and Gulf Coast Medical Center were on hand answering various health questions.

"That's probably one of the best benefits is to be able to talk one-on-one with a physician," said Rod Whiting, of Gulf Coast Medical Center. "It's alarming how many people do not have a primary care physician; it's important to have one, in order to detect issues before they become serious problems."

Those interested in giving blood were able to donate their blood inside the 'blood mobile' parked in front of the resort. The Bay County Health Department was also giving free H1N1vaccines.

NewsChannel 7’s Nicole Morten spoke with Bryan Russell, of the Bay County Health Department, and he said, “Although the swine flu seems to be leveling off, which is a good thing, it’s a good idea to be proactive, because you never know what to expect in the spring. We’ve vaccinated about 50 people so far today, and we have about 500 vaccines left, and anyone, two years or older, is welcome to receive a free H1N1 vaccine today,” said Russell.

The Health Expo is Free to the public and will remain open until 6 Wednesday evening.

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