Nick McWilliams reporting – With the GuardCare event next weekend, the Tuscarawas County Health Department is reminding residents of the important of health maintenance.

GuardCare provides free health screenings, lab work and even vaccinations during the event.

Health Commissioner Katie Seward says that although the event is a great time to check up on your health, residents should be vigilant at all times.

“This is an opportunity to get some screenings done and get some baseline, even if you are currently healthy, have some baseline tests done that you can use from this point moving forward.”

The most common diseases residents should watch out for include heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which can all be screened for at any time.

In addition to preventing diseases through monitoring, Seward adds that vaccinations are always important, including MMR, after the first reported case of measles in the state this year.

“As we know from a press release issued a couple of weeks ago, there was the first case in Ohio that happened to be in Stark County. Summer is a time that a lot of people are traveling, and with the surrounding states having cases of measles, it’s important that everybody is vaccinated.”

The GuardCare event is at Buckeye Career Center on August 10th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and August 11th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Health services are offered through the Health Department, and more information can be found on their website.

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