News briefs for Jan. 6

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Every year, 85 percent of smokers or chewers report they want to quit their tobacco use, according to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.
This year is no exception and Colorado's free Quitline service wants to help by offsetting a portion of the cost of Nicotine Replacement Therapy.
For a limited time, the Colorado Quitline, 1-800-639-QUIT (7848), will be offering $5 mail-in rebate coupons for the Commit Lozenge, NicoDerm Patch, or Nicorette Gum. The coupons will be in the welcome packages sent to all callers who are 18 or older. The coupons will be distributed until the supply is depleted, so call early.
If you have questions about this offer, call Judy Hiester, Tobacco Prevention Program Coordinator for the Northwest Colorado VNA at 879-1632 or 824-8233.

Coloring and poster
contest set for Jan. 15
On Jan. 15, the VFW Post 4265, 419 East Victory Way, will host a coloring contest for grades 1, 2, 3 and 4, upstairs from 9 to 11 a.m. Crayons and coloring pages will be provided, though participants may bring their own crayons.
The group also will host a poster contest for grades 5,6,7, and 8 upstairs from 9 to 11 a.m. Colored pencils and markers will be provided. You must bring you own poster board no larger that 18x24 inches or bring your finished poster. Parents or guardians must be with the students to sign forms. Rules for the contest have been given to CMS and CIS. Call Dora Watson at 824-2251.
Health officials lift
flu-shot restrictions
The executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Douglas H. Benevento, announced Tuesday that all restrictions on the use of the flu vaccine in the state have been lifted.
Information about where to obtain flu shots can be obtained on the department's Web site at www.immunizecolorado.com or by calling (303) 692-2633 in the Denver metropolitan area or 1-888-692-0269 statewide to hear a recorded list of flu clinics in various sections of the state. Individuals who can receive flu shots now are:
n General public.
Categories of at-risk individuals include:
n All children ages 6 to 23 months.
n Adults 65 years of age and older.
n People ages 2 to 65 with underlying chronic medical conditions or who are immune compromised.
n Women who are pregnant during the flu season.
n Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
n Children ages 24 months to 18 years who are on chronic aspirin therapy.
n Health-care workers who come into direct contact with patients.
n Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of children younger than 6 months.

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