August, as National Immunization Awareness Month, is an annual observance on the importance of vaccination for all ages and raises awareness of vaccines in preventing serious and sometimes deadly diseases, a Barry Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) news release said.
Spectrum Health-Pennock and BEDHD are hosting a free panel discussion and screening of the documentary “Someone You Love” Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the hospital’s Wellness Center at 915 West Green Street, Entrance 3, in Hastings. Attendees will learn the causes and prevention of the human papillomavirus (HPV). The first 15 families to attend will receive a $25 gift card.
Mike Megyesi from the American Cancer Society and Dr. Woodall, medical director at BEDHD and others from the health department will speak. Parents can have their questions about HPV and the HPV vaccine answered.
"Cervical cancer kills over 4,000 women in the U.S. each year. Every one of these deaths is easily preventable with proper medical care that includes the HPV vaccination,” Woodall said. “Your doctor is trained to treat disease, but it is much better to prevent diseases in the first place. The HPV vaccine is safe and protects both girls and boys from cancer."
To register, which is not required but recommended, or for more information, call Lauren Cibor at 517-541-2624?