Health Briefs April 20, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Free immunizations
offered next week
Infants, children and teens can get free routine immunizations next week at county health departments.
The Vaccines for Children program administered through the Mississippi State Department of Health covers required and recommended vaccines for children through age 18.
Normally the shots are $10 per injection, but in recognition of National Infant Immunization Week, the shots will be free.
A number of shots are required for child care and school entry. Starting this year, students entering seventh grade will be required to have a booster for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
For more information, visit www.HealthyMS.com or call (866) 458-4948.

Nettleton 5K event
benefits Autism Center
The Nettleton Autism 5K and Marketplace on April 28 will benefit the Autism Center of Tupelo.
The run will start at 9 a.m. in front of BancorpSouth on Main Street in Nettleton.
Following the run, there will be entertainment, shopping and children’s activities. Entertainers include John Milstead, The Thomas Jackson Orchestra, Emerie Skyy, Tatum Shappley, Michael Breedlove and Surviving Allison.
The race free is $25 and includes T-shirt. Register at racesonline.com.

March for babies
set for Saturday
Advocates for babies will turn Veterans Park purple on Saturday.
The annual March for Babies will begin at 9:30 a.m.; registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the east Tupelo park.
Refreshments and children’s activities will follow the walk. The event is free; donations benefit March of Dimes research and education programs focusing on healthy pregnancies, healthy babies and care for premature infants.
For more information, visit www.marchforbabies.org or call community director Jon Jon Suggs at (662) 210-1001.

Baptist-North Mississippi
receives national award
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its Outstanding Achievement Award to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi as a result of surveys performed during 2011.
Baptist North Mississippi is one of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.
Established in 2004, the award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The award is granted to facilities that demonstrate a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of cancer program activity: cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical management, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

Ole Miss students tapped
for pharmacy program
Two University of Mississippi pharmacy students were selected to work at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C., this fall.
Robin Parker of Dyersburg, Tenn., and John Michael Segars of Saltillo, are in their third year of the professional pharmacy program and were among six students selected.