Frequently Asked Questions
What is GuardCare?
GuardCare is an annual event sponsored by the Ohio National Guard that provides a wide range of FREE preventative health screenings and services to the general public.
What Services Can I Get
- Complete bloodwork profiles for those age 18 and older (An 8- to 10- hour fast is necessary for accurate bloodwork testing. Please do not eat for 8- to 10- hours before coming to the event. Moderate amounts of water can be consumed. Take all medications with moderate amounts of water. ) Thyroid testing available.
- infant, childhood and some adult immunizations
- school, sport and adult physicals
- hearing and vision screenings
- dental screenings
- chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV testing
- pregnancy testing
- Lead Testing
- pap testing and a limited number of mammograms
When Will GuardCare Be Here?
GuardCare is coming to Morrow County Saturday, August 10 from 8 AM until 5 PM, and Sunday, August 11 from 8 AM until 3 PM.
Can I Make An Appointment?
No appointment is necessary. Participants will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.
Where Do I Need to Go?
All services will be provided at the Morrow County Hospital, located at 651 W. Marion Road in Mount Gilead. Please use the hospital’s “receiving” entrance on the southeast side (lower level). Follow the signs and traffic control to enter and park.
How Much Does It Cost?
This event is completely free of charge with no requirements or restrictions. Insurance is not required and will not be taken or billed. ID is not required.
Morrow County GuardCare is sponsored by the Morrow County Health Department, Morrow County Hospital, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Department of Health.
What Infant and Childhood Immunizations Will Be Available?
These include the shots required under Ohio law for students entering Kindergarten and 7th grade. Please bring your shot record.
- DTaP – Protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis
- HIB – Protects again meningitis (for children under age 5)
- Ped Hep B – Protects against Hepatitis B
- Tdap – Booster protection against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis for adolescents
- Polio- Protects against polio
- PPSV23 – Protects against pneumonia
- Varicella – Protects against chickenpox
- Rotavirus – Protects against a virus that causes gastroenteritis
- Ped Hep A – Protects against Hepatitis A
- MCV4 – Meningococcal Vaccine for Preteens and Teens, protects against meningitis
- Pneumococcal Conjugate – Protects against pneumococcal disease, which causes meningitis, pneumonia and ear infections in children under age 5
- MMR- Protects against measles, mumps and rubella
- MMRV- Protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox
What Adult Immunizations will be Available?
Please bring your shot record.
- Tdap - protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
- PPSV23 - protects against pneumonia
- HepA - protects against hepatitis A
- HepB - protects against hepatitis B
What will be included in the Bloodwork Profile?
The blood work profile consists of 27 different tests which includes:
A thyroid stimulating hormone test will also be available.
An 8- to 10- hour fast is necessary for accurate bloodwork testing. Please do not eat for 8- to 10- hours before coming to the event. Moderate amounts of water can be consumed. Take all medications with moderate amounts of water.
What's the Catch?
Believe it or not, there isn't one. You will not be charged. Your insurance will not be taken or billed.
This is a time when you, the average person, gets a return on your investment in the Morrow County Health Department, Morrow County Hospital, the Ohio National Guard, and the Ohio Department of Health. This team is doing the event for two reasons: 1) as an emergency preparedness exercise, and 2) because many people are struggling to afford preventive care that improves health and saves lives.
GuardCare will allow the event sponsors to practice mobilizing a mass of responders for emergencies (like a tornado or disease pandemic) that would require a very large health and medical response.
Secondly, we recognize that there are still many people who have no health insurance or who have high deductible health plans. Middle class and working families, small business owners and employees, farmers, and folks with too much income for assistance but too little income to pay out of pocket for these screenings, could use a break. This event is designed to allow people on tight budgets to do for their health without having to cut back on food, clothing, gasoline or medicine. The Ohio National Guard, Ohio Department of Health, Morrow County Hospital and Morrow County Health Department are committed to the health of the community! So we have committed the personnel, volunteers and supplies to provide you with a range of important preventative care.
There is no excuse NOT to get your recommended health screenings this year!