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After having to cancel its Oct. 19 date for its yearly health fair, the American Benevolent Society (ABS) has set a day for the annual event, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The location for the rescheduled fair will remain the same, inside Union Church at Paseo de la Reforma 1870 in Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec.

Flu shots and vaccinations against shingles, tetanus and pneumococcus will be offered at a nominal price.

The fair, which is open to all, will also include free eye checkups (courtesy of Clínica Prado), free blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and tryclycerides screening (provided by the ABC Medical Center), inexpensive blood analyses, and consultations with medical professionals from various health service providers, including a chiropractor.

And for the first time, the National Stroke Association, which recently arrived in Mexico, will provide information on prevention and immediate response and treatment of the condition.

Médico VRIM will offer special discounted laboratory and health service plans to all American Benevolent Society members, and ABS doctor Ricardo Rojas will be on hand for consultations.

The ABS held it first health fair in 2003, when access to flu vaccinations was not always readily available in Mexico.

Since it was already offering flu shots, the society decided to include other health services and make them available for all members of the community.

Over the years, the fair has grown to include a variety of health services.

The ABS also offers free monthly health screening – usually on the second Wednesday of the month between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. These courtesy screenings include cholesterol, triglyceride and glucose tests, as well as blood pressure and body mass index checks.

In Mexico, the season usually begins with the onset of cold weather, which is why the ABS has traditionally holds its health fair in October.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States recommends that everyone over age six months should get an annual flu vaccination, although in Mexico the Secretariat of Health primarily targets 20 million high-risk patients (those under the age of five, the elderly, pregnant women, health workers and people with conditions that can weaken their immune systems).

Senior citizens and people with developmental disabilities are especially at risk. It’s estimated that 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations occur in people 65 years and older. This is because human immune defenses become weaker with age.

Founded in 1868, the American Benevolent Society is a non-profit organization that provides charitable assistance to both U.S. and Mexican nationals during periods of personal distress or financial need.

For more information or to sign up to attend the ABS health fair, call 5540-5123, or write an email to

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