How to Make a Health Care Flyer for Free

By Filonia LeChat

Use a heath care flyer to promote wellness in your community, let your patients know about upcoming flu season, advertise free health screenings, or inform people about changes to their medical insurance. Flyers are single page 8.5 inch by 11 inch paper and may be as simple as a few sentences of information, or they can be filled with graphics, charts, and text. Make your own health care informational flyers for free by using a program already installed on your computer or by taking advantage of a free-trial download to help speed the flyer creation process.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Paint, Microsoft Publisher, or Microsoft Word
  • Digital Image

Using Paint

Step 1

Open Paint, pull down the “File” menu, and click “Open.” Browse to a digital image on your computer, such as a photo of your office staff or a chart of flu shot locations. Double-click the file name, which opens the image in the Paint workspace. Click the “Select” tool, draw an outline around the image, and press the “Ctrl” and “C” keys together on your keyboard to copy it.

Step 2

Pull down the “File” menu again and select “New.” Pull down the “Image” menu, select “Attributes,” set the page dimensions as 8.5 inches by 11 inches, and click the “OK” button.

Step 3

Press the “Ctrl” and “V” keys on your keyboard to paste in the selected image. Drag it into place with your cursor.

Step 4

Click the “Text” tool, which looks like an “A.” Position your cursor above the image and click, then type the flyer headline, such as “Reserve your flu shot today” or “Flu shots available October 1, 2010.”

Step 5

Move the cursor below the image and type more information, such as the phone number to reserve the flu shots, address of the clinic, emergency contact information, or whether insurance is accepted for the shots.

Using Publisher

Step 1

Open Publisher or download a free trial. Click “Publications for Print” and scroll to the “Flyers” section. Review the available flyer templates and double-click one to open it in the Publisher workspace.

Step 2

Click your cursor into the placeholder flyer headline area, which becomes highlighted. Begin typing; your words will automatically type right over the placeholder text. Type an eye-catching title such as, “Diabetes increased last year,” or “Women over 40 at higher risk for bone loss.”

Step 3

Click into another placeholder text box and add more information, such as the risks and symptoms of the disease, how to maintain the illness, and who may be at the highest risk.

Step 4

Add your office contact information by typing directly over the placeholder contact information lines, such as hours of operation, email address, phone number, and website.

Step 5

Right-click the placeholder image on the flyer and select “Change Picture.” Choose “Clip Art,” then type a word or phrase such as “doctor,” “broken bone,” or “bandage” into the “Search for” box and click “Go.” Scroll through the results and double-click an image, which appears in place on the flyer.

Using Word

Step 1

Open Word or download a free trial. Pull down the “File” menu and click “New.” The “New Document” pane opens on the right side of the screen. Type “flier” or “flyer” into the “Search for” box and click “Go.” You can be more specific, such as “health care flyer” but you will get fewer results.

Step 2

Scroll through the results, click a link to preview the flyer, and click “Download” to open the flyer in the Word workspace.

Step 3

Highlight the flyer’s preset headline with your cursor and type directly over it, such as, “Now offering tooth whitening,” or “We sell spin brushes.” Highlight the new text and use the text toolbar at the top of the screen to change the font, size, color, and position of the text.

Step 4

Click once on a design element in the flyer to give it focus, then press the “Delete” key to remove it from the flyer. Add a new image by pulling down the “Insert” menu, clicking “Picture,” and selecting “From File.” Browse to an image on your computer and double-click the file, which will then appear on the flyer.

Step 5

Highlight additional placeholder text on the flyer and either press the “Delete” key to remove it, or replace it with your own information, such as pricing for procedures or availability of medical items.