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first_imgWHITTIER – Dental, spinal and diabetes screenings were among the free services offered at a health fair hosted Saturday by the Salvation Army and other area health providers. More than 100 people attended the annual event, with most attendees visiting the Joshua Medical Group table, where free flu vaccinations were given. “It is a community service we want to provide,” Joshua Medical Group administrator Clifford Schmidt said. Zenda Chanhsomphou, 16, and Eddie Souriyasack, 13, attended the event with their grandmother, who promptly signed them up for flu shots. “You go first,” Souriyasack said to his older cousin Chanhsomphou, who looked a little nervous about the needle. “It kind of tickled,” she said afterwards. Six-year-old Caleb Garn did not agree. His cries could be heard throughout the building while his father held him close as the shot was administered. In addition to dental screenings, the UCLA Dental School offered free sealant to children. “Sealant and fluoride protect the teeth from getting cavities,” dental hygienist Camille Caliva said. “They strengthen the teeth.” UCLA Dental School faculty member Nancy Reitel said about 42 adults and children received evaluations at the event. “The visual evaluations help people who don’t always know if they need to see a dentist. And we answer any questions they may have,” she said. A screening test was also given by a respiratory therapist from the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Patients breathed into a disposable green tube to test lung and airway function. “It also tells us if there is any indication for asthma,” respirator therapist Tinh Le said. Chiropractor Wendy Kreider said she provided about 25 to 30 spinal and postural screenings. “And a lot of consulting,” she said. “I gave people information about exercises they could do for low back and neck pain.” The clinic was intended to make sure people without health insurance had at least some access to healthcare workers, said Paul Tan of the Salvation Army. Other partners who participated in the fair were Willow Center Imaging, Vision Plus and the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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