Check it out: Flu shot clinics set

  • University of Massachusetts College of Nursing junior John Garr prepares a flu shot during a walk-in campus flu clinic at University Health Services on Friday, December 2, 2016.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Compiled by Debra Scherban. Please send items to dscherban@gazettenet.com.

Flu shot clinics set

Flu shot clinics are coming up in South Hadley, Huntington and Amherst. Participants should bring their Medicaid or insurance cards.

In South Hadley residents 18 years and older may get shots Wednesday from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the South Hadley Town Hall Auditorium, 116 Main St. and Oct. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the South Hadley Senior Center, 45 Dayton St.

Pre-registration is not required.

For more information, call the town health department at 536-6688.

Flu and pneumonia shots will be given Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hilltown Regional Health Fair, Stanton Hall, 26 Russell Road, Huntington.

The fair also will offer information on health insurance open enrollment, home care services, elder law, Bay State VNA, hospice, grandparent and kinship care support, senior living choices among other services.

For more information call Huntington Council on Aging, 667-3505 ext. 505.

In Amherst, flu shots will be available Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk

Call 259-3060 for more information.

Walk/run forbreast cancer cure

Rays of Hope is putting out the call for walkers and runners to take part in its 24th Annual Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer and 8th Annual Run Toward the Cure 8K.

They take place Oct. 22, beginning at Temple Beth El on Dickinson Street in Springfield, and wind through and around Forest Park.

Check-in for the run begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by step off at 8:30 a.m., while check-in for the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by step off at 10:30 a.m. Buses begin operating at 7:30 a.m. for runners and at 8:30 a.m. for walkers to shuttle them to Temple Beth El. Parking for runners is only at the Lenox (formerly American Saw) lot in East Longmeadow at 301 Chestnut St. Parking information for walkers can be found on the Rays of Hope website.

This year Rays of Hope has added the BIG WIG program which offers special status to those raising $1,000 or more online only by credit card. BIG WIGS will have their own registration area at the event, as well as other perks depending on which level they achieve, including free coffee, doughnuts and breakfast bars.

Using the simple registration at www.baystatehealth.org/raysofhope, BIG WIG and other participants can create their own personal webpage to assist them in their fundraising efforts. Participants must raise at least $50 to receive the collectible Rays of Hope t-shirt.

Since its inception in 1994 by Lucy Giuggio Carvalho, Rays of Hope, has grown from 500 participants raising $50,000 to some 24,000 participants comprising some 600 teams raising a to-date total of over $13.7 million.

All monies raised remain local and are administered by the Baystate Health Foundation to assist patients and their families affected by breast cancer. Funds support the Rays of Hope Center for Breast Cancer Research, as well as treatment, breast health programs, outreach and education, and the purchase of state-of-the art equipment through the Baystate Health Breast Network, and provides grants to various community programs throughout western Massachusetts.

For more information about this year’s Rays of Hope Walk and 8K Run, held rain or shine, call 794-8001 or visit baystatehealth.org/raysofhope.