Health briefs for April 19, 2014: The Memorial Hospital to host health fair

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The Memorial Hospital will host the second annual Community Health Fair from 7:30 a.m. to noon April 26 at its facilities at 750 Hospital Loop.

The event includes low-cost health screenings, presentations by physicians and health experts, booth activities and healthy food and snacks.

Lab services available include basic blood chemistry for $25, blood cell count for $40, vitamin D screening for $40, hemoglobin A1C screening for $20 and a PSA screening for men 50 and older for $10.

Colon cancer screening kits are $20.

Vouchers will be available from the radiation department for discounted body composition scans for $40 showing body mass index, total body bone density and total body fat mass ratio.

Groups such as Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Angels in Your Cupboard and Progressive Insurance also will be available.

Businesses that would like to cover the cost for their employees to get tested can work with TMH on the billing and providing registration forms.

For more information, call 970-824-9411.

Vaccines available through Visiting Nurse Association

All ages should be up to date with their shots to stay ahead of diseases.

• Babies

As part of National Infant Immunization Week, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will host a drop-in immunization clinic from 3 to 5 p.m. April 29 at its Craig location at 745 Russell St.

A $10 gift card will be given to the first 11 children that attend.

• Teenagers

Parents of high school and college-age students should know that your child may be required to have additional immunizations before heading off to college. VNA will host a drop-in immunization clinic for this age group from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at 745 Russell St.

All recommended vaccines will be available for all ages at these clinics. An insurance card and immunization records are required as well as a parent for those age 17 and younger.

• Young adults

As part of Sexually Transmitted Infection Awareness Month, protect yourself or your children from cancers caused by human papillomavirus for just $21.50 for un-insured and under-insured individuals at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

The HPV vaccine is for ages 11 to 26 years old for males and females. HPV spreads through skin-to-skin contact and can cause cervical cancer strands and other cancers.

For more information about VNA’s services, call 970-824-8233.

Hantavirus, rabies can affect rural areas

With warmer weather comes a greater chance for contact with wildlife, which also can mean greater exposure to diseases animals may be carrying.

Hantavirus is a serious respiratory disease carried by deer mice, which are brown on top and white underneath with large ears. Be careful when doing spring cleaning and before opening up cabins, buildings, sheds and barns.

You can become infected when you inhale dirt and dust contaminated with deer mice droppings. Air out rodent-infested buildings or areas at least 30 minutes before cleaning. Use a solution of household bleach — one cup bleach per gallon of water — to spray materials you have used for cleaning mouse droppings.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/hantavirus/.

Bats, foxes, porcupines and other small rodents can have rabies, meaning you never should touch these animals. Rabies is a deadly disease transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal, usually from bites.

Most human cases of rabies in the United States are caused by bats. Bites leave a small wound but require urgent medical attention. If bitten, wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor.

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/rabies.

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