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Music festival aims to get young adults to focus on health

Charles Pritchard
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Posted 9/16/22

In what hopes to be the start of a healthy future, the Madison County Health Department is inviting all to the inaugural Get Your Shot Together music festival on Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Music festival aims to get young adults to focus on health

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HAMILTON — In what hopes to be the start of a healthy future, the Madison County Health Department is inviting all to the inaugural Get Your Shot Together music festival on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Good Nature Farm Brewery in Hamilton.

The goal is to encourage the community, especially young adults, to focus on their overall health and well-being.

“The data reflecting the 18 to 25 population in Madison County had the lowest immunization rates,” said Deanna Matt, event coordinator, and confidential secretary to the director of Public Health. “What we, at the Health Department, tried to determine was a good way to reach that age range and help them make sure they’re current on immunizations, as well as have a handle on their health altogether.”

Matt said the goal was to provide a space not just for food, fun, drinks, and music, but vendors from all over the county who can offer health services to those young adults.

“Providers of health insurance will be there, and the Department of Social Services will be there to help people understand how to get insurance as well,” Matt said. “On top of that, there will be natural health providers. Cornell’s Greenhaus will be there to talk about medical marijuana. There’ll be a wellness coach, an acupuncture center, yoga, and more.”

When asked why the 18 to 25 population in Madison County had the lowest immunization rates, Matt said there wasn’t any concrete evidence to explain. But Madison County Director of Public Health Eric Faisst couldn’t downplay its importance.

“Getting immunized is important, not only to protect yourself but the community at large,” the director said. “When most of a population is immune to an infectious disease, this provides indirect protection — also called population immunity, herd immunity, or herd protection — to those who are not immune to the disease. The percentage of people who must be immune in order to achieve herd immunity varies based on multiple factors, including the mode of transmission and how easily and quickly a given disease spreads. In most cases, herd immunity is not achieved without an effective vaccine.”

And more than anything, Matt underlined the importance of the community remaining informed.

“I feel at the Public Health Department, it’s our responsibility to make sure we’re giving correct information, and the proper and best aspects of healthy living are available to the public,” she said.

Matt invited the whole community and even those outside the county to the festival on Sunday.

“Anybody that wants to come and get the resources they need or just to enjoy themselves are welcome to get together and enjoy themselves,” Matt said.

Complete with three free concerts featuring several of Central New York’s best local bands, and food and drinks from Good Nature, as they “get their shot together.” 

Bands playing include:

  • Uncle Charlie and the Meatballs will kick the day off at 2 p.m. with their unique blues rock. 
  • Last Left will be bringing favorite hits from the 80s to today to the stage around 3:30 p.m. 
  • The Beadle Brothers will wrap up the day with country hits beginning around 5 p.m.

For more information about the Madison County Health Department, visit: www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/206/Health-Department or call 315-366-2361.

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