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Free Flu Vaccine Offered at Houston Co. Schools

Free Flu Vaccine Offered at Houston Co. Schools

Free flu vaccines are being offered to students on Houston County campuses from October 23 through December 10.

Parents are invited to be present at the time of their child's shot, especially for parents of elementary school children, according to a release.

Consent forms will be sent home to parents if you wish for your child to receive the vaccination.

Teachers and staff will also be able to receive the shot and there will be no out of pocket expense for those with Medicaid, Peachcare, Medicare Part B, Wellcare, Amerigroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, or a state benefit plan through United Healthcare or Cigna. For more information, call 478-929-7767.

Here's when vaccines will be given at each school:

Elementary Schools

AF: Don't Wait Too Long to Transfer GI Bill Benefits

AF: Don't Wait Too Long to Transfer GI Bill Benefits

Air Force Times

The days of being able to wait until you were close to retirement to transfer your GI Bill benefits are over, and Air Force officials want you to plan ahead so you and your family don’t lose out.

That’s the message from personnel officials who sent a reminder Sept. 12 that transferring your post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to a dependent now requires a four-year service commitment.

“The old reduced service commitment periods expired July 31, and now everyone who applies for transfer of benefits will incur a four-year active duty service commitment,” said Bruce Houseman, education services and benefits chief at the Air Force Personnel Center, in a release.

The post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to 36 months of college tuition, housing and other fees. Eligible airmen can transfer all or part of the benefit, in monthly increments, to one or more family members.

Here’s what you need to know:

Georgia Guardsmen Save Woman's Life on Commercial Flight

Georgia Guardsmen Save Woman's Life on Commercial Flight

Written by Master Sgt. Roger Parsons

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga., Sept. 5, 2013—What should have been a routine flight to McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, Nev., turned into a lifesaving opportunity for three members of the 116th Security Forces Squadron headed to a pre-deployment training exercise at Creech Air Force Base, Nev., Aug 22.

Security forces personnel were traveling on a commercial flight when a passenger passed out and showed no signs of life. As the daughter of the passenger frantically tried to revive her mother, three Airmen from the 116th SFS stepped into action.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgts. Tim White and Dominick Andrews, with the 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, lifted the daughter out of the way and immediately began performing CPR on the mother.

Chamber’s Quarterly Forum Spotlights the Affordable Healthcare Act

Chamber’s Quarterly Forum Spotlights the Affordable Healthcare Act

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Affordable Healthcare Act is the topic of discussion at the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce’s September Business Forum; to be held on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Chamber (1228 Watson Blvd). 

Guest speaker for the forum will be Ryan Mahoney.  Mahoney serves as Vice President of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Center Competiveness, where he leads strategic development and execution of Chamber initiatives in education, health care, transportation and other areas.  Join us as Mahoney gives insight on the impact the Affordable Healthcare Act has on small business. 

The cost of the event is $12.00 for Chamber members and $25.00 for non-members.  To RSVP, please email the Chamber at rsvp@robinsregion.com by 12noon on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  A lunch will be provided. 

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

Houston Co. American Cancer Society Chapter Participates in Preventative Study

The Houston County chapter of the American Cancer society is participating in ACS CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study.)   According to their website, the purpose of CPS-3 is to "better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations."

It's open to anyone ages 30-69 who has never been diagnosed with cancer (exculding basil or squamous cell skin cancer.)  To particpate, schedule an enrollment appointment (you can do so here) At that appointment, you will sign an informed consent form, fill out a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, as well as give a small blood sample (taken by a certified phlebotomist.) 

Veteran Benefit Claims Briefing

Veteran Benefit Claims Briefing

A veterans' claims briefing will be held on base Thursday morning.

From the Robins AFB Facebook page:

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.