Craig Briefs: Seasonal, H1N1 flu clinics available

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host two drop-in flu clinics for vaccinations next week.

The first will be for seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations available to all ages from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 6 at Sunset Elementary School, 800 W. Seventh St. H1N1 shots are free, and seasonal flu shots are $22 for adults and $14 or less for children.

The second clinic will be for H1N1 flu vaccinations for adults 65 and older from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 7 at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. H1N1 shots will be free.

For more information, call the flu hotline at 871-7684 or visit the VNA Web site at www.nwcovna.info.

Many state offices closed this week

Many state government offices will be closed today as one of eight mandatory furlough days this fiscal year to help cut expenses and keep the state budget balanced during the economic downturn, a governor’s office news release stated.

State offices also will be closed Friday, in observance of New Year’s Day.

State driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, state history museums, Attorney General’s Office, Division of Wildlife Service Centers and administrative offices for executive branch departments will be among the facilities closed Thursday, with about 15,500 employees on unpaid furlough.

Colorado State Parks will be open Thursday, except for visitor centers.

State troopers will be patrolling the highways. Department of Transportation snowplows and maintenance crews will be working as necessary, and the Traffic Operations Center will be running. The state unemployment benefits office, state nursing homes, hospitals and care centers also will be open.

The state Judicial Branch and courts, Treasurer’s Office and Secretary of State’s Office will be open, as well.

This will be the fourth closure day in fiscal year 2009-10, with the remaining four scheduled for Jan. 15, Feb. 12, April 2 and May 28. The eight furlough days will save taxpayers an estimated $27.2 million, according to the news release.

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