Here is a look at health news in the Southland.

OCTOBER FLU SHOTS: Orland Township offers flu shots from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 23; 4:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28; and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at the township office, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Township residents also can get their flu shots from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Stephen Deacon & Martyr Catholic Church, 17500 S. 84th Ave., Tinley Park, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 27 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park. Vaccines for residents ages 19 to 65 are available for $20. Children ages 18 and younger who are Medicaid-eligible, Native American or uninsured may receive a vaccination for no charge. Residents older than age 65 with Medicare Part B also are eligible to receive the immunization for no charge. A Medicare Part B card must be presented at the time of vaccination. Those with an HMO/Medicare plan are not eligible for a free vaccination and should visit their primary care physician. Proof of residency is required. Information: (708) 403-4222 or orlandtwp.org.

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP: Stroke survivors, family members or caregivers can join the Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute stroke support group. The meeting will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or silvercross.org.

BREAST-FEEDING CLASS: A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breast-feeding including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps and avoiding difficulties from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15. Information: (888) 660-4325.

CROHN’S AND COLITIS SUPPORT: The Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America offers a support group for people with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at Enterprise Title Services, 11301 S. Harlem Ave., Worth. Information: (800) 886-6664.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT: The Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation hosts a monthly caregivers support group to help caregivers connect with others, share ideas, problem solve and receive support to get through the rough times. The free program meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Ingalls Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation, 1551 Huntington Drive, Calumet City. Information: Janine Alfirevic, (708) 915-4726.

NATIONAL DEPRESSION SCREENING DAY: Silver Cross Hospital Behavioral Health Services offers a free, anonymous questionnaire assessing risk for mood and anxiety disorders as well as a confidential meeting with a behavioral health professional. A psychiatrist will discuss the seriousness of depression and treatments available at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd, New Lenox. Information: (888) 660-4325 or silvercross.org.

FREE PROSTATE SCREENINGS: Silver Cross Hospital, in partnership with Advanced Urology Associates, offers free prostate cancer screenings from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Appointments: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

BLOOD DRIVE: St. Irenaeus Church, 78 Cherry St., Park Forest, hosts a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: (708) 650-1391.

SIBLING CLASS: Silver Cross Hospital offers a class for ages 3 to 6 who are about to become a brother or sister from 10 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. During this class, children will learn about what to expect including how to handle their feelings toward their new sibling. Participants also will practice interacting with a baby. Cost is $20 per child. Information: (888) 660-4325.

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PROGRAM: Attendees can learn about options and how to protect one’s self from some of the expenses Medicare doesn’t cover from Blue Cross Blue Shield. The presentation is from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Topics include Medicare basics, eligibility and enrollment periods and types of plans available. A question-and-answer session will follow. Friends and family are welcome. Registration: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

PHYSICAL THERAPY SEMINARS: METT Therapy Services, 211 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, offers four free physical therapy seminars at 7 p.m. Monday to Oct. 17 to mark National Physical Therapy Month. Seminars will focus on the source of back, neck, shoulder and knee pain; offer suggestions to manage and prevent that pain and provide instruction centering on pain-relieving activities and exercises. Reservations are required at (708) 679-2890.

POSTPARTUM SUPPORT: A free support group offers resources that will allow new mothers to become more knowledgeable about postpartum depression, its causes and available treatment options. In addition, it also will give mothers the opportunity to talk, listen and share their experiences with other women experiencing similar feelings. The group meets at 10 a.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (708) 684-1333.

MOANS AND BONES: A family practice physician provides an overview of depression and osteoporosis symptoms, prevention and treatment at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. There also will be fall and balance, blood pressure, mood and anxiety disorder and osteoporosis screenings. Vitamin D-rich refreshments will be served. Registration: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

PROSTATE CANCER: A free support and education group for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families and friends meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Center of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration is required. Information: Christ Medical Center’s Health Advisor at (800) 323-8622, code 1C15.

CPR AND FIRST AID CLASSES: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, offers cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid classes for individuals, employees of small businesses and health professionals during the fall semester. Information: (708) 974-5735 or morainevalley.edu/ccce.

FREE PODIATRY SCREENINGS: Orland Township hosts free podiatry screenings for participating residents from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

KNEE REPLACEMENT SEMINAR: An orthopedic surgeon discusses the causes and treatment of knee pain as well as the benefits of custom-fit knee replacement from 6 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Apollo Recreation Center, 12521 S. Kostner Ave., Alsip. Reservations are required at (800) 221-2199.

GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE: Attendees can learn how heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease can lead to Barrett’s esophagus, the causes and symptoms of GERD and the specialty treatment options offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

TOTAL LIPID PROFILE TESTING: Orland Township hosts total lipid profile testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents may have total cholesterol levels read as well as triglycerides, bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. A nine- to 12-hour fast is required, but participants should drink water prior to the lipid test. The price of the test is $25 for residents or $30 for nonresidents. Free blood pressure testing and glucose testing for $5 are also available on this day. An appointment is necessary and participants must bring proof of residency on testing day. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

PREPARED CHILDBIRTH ONE-DAY CLASS: Silver Cross Hospital offers a one-day prepared childbirth class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will receive instruction from a registered nurse on breathing, relaxation and floor exercise techniques. She also will review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. A tour of the new birthing unit is included. Cost is $80 per couple. Information: (888) 660-4325.

MAMMOGRAM INFORMATION: As part of the Palos Community Hospital’s 2013 women’s health series, a breast surgeon speaks about when and why women should have mammograms from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 21 at Palos Breast Care & Women’s Health Center, 17333 S. LaGrange Road, Tinley Park. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required at (708) 226-2300.

PAIN RELIEF SEMINAR: Learn how minimally invasive osteopathic manipulation therapy may relive back discomfort as well as arthritis pain, headaches, sinus problems and more at this free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Franciscan St. James Health, 20201 Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

TESTOSTERONE SEMINAR: A urologist discusses “Testosterone: The Truths & Myths” about testosterone deficiency and the impact it has on the quality of life in men older than age 40 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

BIPOLAR DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP: Silver Cross Hospital hosts a free bipolar disease support group for individuals and family members coping with bipolar disease from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or silvercross.org.

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Orland Township hosts Wellness Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 23 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave. Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked by a registered medical professional. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5 and the test requires a nine- to 12-hour fast. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

BRAIN-HEALTHY EATING: Experts from Ingalls Memorial Hospital offer a free lecture on nutrition to prevent heart disease and stroke from 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at the Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park. Attendees can learn what happens to the body and blood vessels as a result of good nutrition and get information on diet, food content, the food pyramid and how to read a label. Healthy treats will be provided. Information: (708) 915-2273.

DUPUYTREN’S CONTRACTURE SEMINAR: Learn about the only Food and Drug Administration-approved, nonsurgical treatment option at this free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Franciscan St. James Health, 20201 Crawford Ave., Olympia Fields. Information: (800) 785-2637 or franciscanstjames.org.

BREAST-FEEDING SUPPORT GROUP: The Silver Cross Birthing Center’s certified lactation consultants host a free support group meeting from 10:30 a.m. to noon for English-speaking mothers and 12:30 to 2 p.m. for Spanish-speaking mothers on Oct. 25 in the hospital’s conference center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or silvercross.org.

PRENATAL CLASS: Silver Cross Hospital offers a free prenatal childbirth class for expectant mothers with Medicaid or no insurance from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Led by a registered labor and delivery nurse, participants will learn about labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum and other birthing options. The class size is limited. Registration is mandatory. Information: (888) 660-4325.

NONOPERATIVE SPINE CARE: A spine surgeon discusses preventive self-care of one’s spine, when one should see an orthopedist and when surgery is necessary from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: The American Cancer Society and Silver Cross Hospital hosts I Can Cope, a program for women facing breast cancer from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health library, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or imatter.silvercross.org.

MAMMOGRAMS: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox, offers $100 mammograms including the radiologist fee for patients who call by Oct. 31 to schedule an appointment before Nov. 30. A physician’s order is required. Appointments: (815) 300-7076 and mention “special mammogram.” Information: (888) 660-4325 or silvercross.org.

FREE PROSTATE SCREENINGS: Silver Cross Hospital, in partnership with Advanced Urology Associates, offers free prostate cancer screenings for men from 3 to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 in the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, 1850 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Men should begin screening for prostate cancer at age 50 unless there is a family history of prostate cancer. No walk-in appointments will be accepted. Appointments: silvercross.org or (888) 660-4325.

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUP: Hallelujah Temple, 1 Dogwood St., Park Forest, hosts this meeting at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month. The group of caregivers, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder meet for free programs on education and support. Information: Carolyn Prince, (708) 699-6682.

IMMUNIZATION CLINIC: Orland Township hosts its monthly immunization clinic from 9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at the township building, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Immunizations are offered to Orland Township residents only. Information: orlandtwp.org.

BETTER BREATHERS SUPPORT GROUP: The Ingalls Better Breathers Club is a free support group that offers topics relating to lung disease and lung health by experts in the field. The group is intended for both patients and their families. Better Breathers meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Ingalls Family Care Center, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor. Information: (708) 915-8850.

TOTAL LIPID PROFILE TESTING: Orland Township hosts total lipid profile testing from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 21 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Residents may have total cholesterol levels read as well as triglycerides, bad cholesterol and good cholesterol. A nine- to 12-hour fast is required, but participants should drink water prior to the lipid test. The price of the test is $25 for residents or $30 for nonresidents. Free blood pressure and glucose testing for $5 are also available on this day. An appointment is necessary and participants must bring proof of residency on the day of testing. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: Orland Township hosts Wellness Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 27 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure and blood sugar checked by a registered medical professional. A basic cholesterol screening is offered for $5 and the test requires a nine- to 12-hour fast. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.

FREE PODIATRY SCREENINGS: Orland Township hosts free podiatry screenings from 9 to 11 a.m. Dec. 11 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. A local podiatrist will be conducting free examinations for all participating residents. Appointments: (708) 403-4222.