Weekly health news for Jan. 30, 2011.

Support groups
Multiple Sclerosis
• Bath Area.
7 p.m. Wednesday at the Dormann Library, 101 West Morris St., Bath.
• Hornell area
10 a.m. Wednesday at Friendly’s in Hornell, sponsored by St. James Mercy Hospital. For more information call 545-6404 or 295-9852.

Clinics
STD/HIV clinic
The Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services will sponsor free HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease clinics, by appointment only as follows:
• From 9-11 a.m. Feb. 10 at the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services clinic rooms, County Office Building, 3 East Pulteney Square, Bath.
The clinics are services available to all residents of Steuben County for HIV counseling and testing and for testing and treating sexually transmitted diseases.
For an appointment or information call the Steuben County Public Health and Nursing Services Bath office at 664-2438 or 800-724-0471.

Immunizations
The Steuben County Public Health Department will offer immunizations for Measles, Polio, Mumps, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, HIB, hepatitis A, and Human Papillova virus by appointment
• From 1-3 p.m. Feb. 9
Location: County Office Building, Bath. Children unaccompanied by adult family member must bring a signed permission slip.
An administration fee will be charged on a sliding scale ($3-$15 per person) for children under 19. Medicaid is accepted.
Adults are encouraged to update tetanus/diptheria immunization every 10 years. Cost for the adult immunization is $20.
Immunizations are by appointment only.
 
Want to quit smoking?
The Bath VA offers the Quit Smart Program to assist eligible veterans quit smoking. For more information call 664-4300.

Transportation assistance
Steuben Coordinated Transportation offers transportation assistance to Steuben County residents (not on Medicaid) to medical, nutritional, or other necessary services.  Assistance is offered through referrals to area services or by arranging for a volunteer driver for qualified clients.
For more information call (800) 346-2211 There is no fee but donations are accepted.
Residents of any age interested in becoming a volunteer driver may also call for more information. (Mileage reimbursement is available to volunteer drivers.)

Hospital bills or Medicare questions?
St. James Mercy financial representatives are available 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Office for the Aging, 20 Broadway Mall, Hornell to answer questions regarding hospital bills or Medicare. This is a free service offered to any individual and no appointment is necessary. ?questions or more information call 324-8040.

Senior home care
The Steuben County Office for the Aging can assist senior citizens and their families explore the many options for home care and support services for eligible senior citizens.  For more information call 776-7813.

Living with osteoarthritis
Today, more than 10 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis of the knee, making it the most common form of arthritis in the U.S. What are frequent causes of this type of arthritis, and what can you do to protect your knees, reduce the symptoms, and support your doctor’s treatment? With advice from some of the world’s leading knee specialists, the American Arthritis Society has compiled in its publication ARTHRITIS INFO useful and practical tips for self-care. Each tip is interesting and easy to follow. For a free sample issue of ARTHRITIS INFO, write to: American Arthritis Society, P.O. Box 271010, Minneapolis, MN 55427 (please include a loose 44 cent stamp for return postage.)

Senior home care
The Steuben County Office for the Aging assists senior citizens and their families explore the many options for home care and support services for eligible senior citizens.  For more information at 776-7813.