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MHP Public Health Encourages Parents to Vaccinate Children Against HPV

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health Partnership joins the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) in a new effort focused on improving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates among Iowa’s teens and pre-teens. “Approximately 79 million Americans are currently infected with HPV, and around 14 million people become newly infected each year,” MHP Public Health Coordinator Patty […]

Over 100 People Take Part In Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

Fifteen-year-old Jack Miller of Oskaloosa is one of 146 people to get a flu vaccination at the Drive-Thru Flu Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 26 at Mahaska Health Partnership. He is shown receiving the flu mist from MHP Public Health Nurse Judi Veldhuizen. The clinic was sponsored by MHP Public Health. Walk-in Flu Vaccination Clinics are still available at Public Health (entrance #1) Mondays from 8:00 am to Noon and Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Flu vaccines outside the scheduled clinics are available by appointment. Please call 641.673.3257. The flu shot and flu mist are $25. High dose vaccine for people 65 years and older is also available for $30. Medicare Plan B can be billed with proof of card. MHP Public Health also participates in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program that provides flu vaccines to Medicaid, underinsured and uninsured children ages 6 months to 18 years old.

Are the California redwoods in danger because of the drought?

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Dear Earthtalk: Are the California redwoods in danger because of the drought? — Jesse Pollman, Seattle, WA California is home to two of the three redwood tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. The coast redwood is the Earth’s tallest tree, growing more than 360 feet tall, with a trunk that can extend to 24 […]

Mahaska Health Partnership to offer Free Diabetes Support Group

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Are you living with diabetes and struggling with how to handle it? Mahaska Health Partnership is offering assistance through a free support group focused on managing symptoms and coping with diabetes care at home. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 30 million children and adults have diabetes, with close to 95% […]

Allergy, Ashma and Sinus Care Specialist to Begin practicing on the MHP Campus

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health Partnership is pleased to announce the addition of Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Care Specialist Dr. Ravinder Agarwal, to its Medical Staff. Dr. Agarwal will be a visiting specialist, working alongside Melissa Lamb, ARNP-BC, allergy/pulmonology, who practices full time on the MHP campus. Dr. Agarwal is board certified in Allergy and […]

MHP to Offer New Grief Support Groups

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Grief can be difficult to work through on your own. Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Services is now offering two support groups for individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one. “Coffee and Conversation” will be held on the first Tuesday of each month from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the Hospice […]

Mahaska Health Partnership to Offer Assistance Quitting Smoking

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Struggling with smoking and ready to kick the habit? Mahaska Health Partnership Cardiopulmonary Services will be offering a weekly Freedom from Smoking Class beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8 and concluding on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Freedom from Smoking is an educational series developed by the American Lung Association that emphasizes long-term freedom from smoking. […]

Dr. Valerie Bonnett Offers Specialized Treatments for Women at MHP

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Family Practice Physician Valerie Bonnett, MD, recently joined the Mahaska Health Partnership Medical Group. Dr. Bonnett has a special interest in women’s health, particularly for women of reproductive through menopausal age. “A lot of changes occur for women during these years,” Dr. Bonnett said. “I practiced obstetrics for most of my 20-year […]

Mahaska Health Partnership Suggests Ways to Stay Safe in the Sun

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MAHASKA COUNTY – With the warmer weather, many people are spending more time outdoors. However, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays puts you at greater risk for skin cancer. Mahaska Health Partnership has advice on how to enjoy the sun while protecting your skin this summer. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), melanoma, […]

Mahaska Health Partnership to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Mahaska Health Partnership

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health Partnership Behavioral Health Services will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on Friday, June 12 from 8 am to 5 pm in the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (entrance #3) on the MHP campus. “Mental health symptoms can appear at any age,” MHP Behavioral Health Director Jan LeBahn, LISW, […]

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