Briefs for May 13, 2011: VNA now offering free vaccines

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering a variety of vaccinations.

The VNA offers the Zostavax vaccine for shingles. Those ages 60 or older who are low-income and uninsured (without Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance) may qualify to receive the vaccine at no cost. A $14 administration fee applies. The vaccine is offered through the Merck Patient Vaccine Assistance Program.

The VNA is also offering free Hepatitis A and B vaccinations to adults with risk factors. Risk factors include more than one sex partner in the last six months, recent sexually transmitted diseases, a history of incarceration, use of injected illegal drugs, being born in an endemic country, being American Indian or Alaskan Native, or being a close contact of someone with hepatitis A or B.

Free HPV vaccinations are offered to females ages 19 to 26.

To find out more about these vaccinations or to make an appointment, call the VNA’s Craig office at 824-8233.

Head Start taking applications

Craig Head Start Preschool is currently accepting applications for the 2011-12 program year for children ages 3 or 4 before Aug. 31.

Craig Head Start is a part of Qualistar rated program and its lead teacher has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

For more information, call Adriana or Judi at 824-9307.

Youth group hosting spaghetti dinner

St. Michael Catholic Church’s youth group is hosting a fundraising spaghetti dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday in the church’s basement, 678 School St.

The community is invited, and tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children.

Tickets are available at the church office, KS Kreations and Studio 7.

Call the church at 824-5330 for more information.

Variety show plays tonight at VFW

The Friday Night Variety Show will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.

The event includes local singers, songwriters, poets and storytellers.

For more information or to be a part of the show, call Bill Ronis at 620-6589.

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