Craig health briefs for Aug. 22, 2015: VNA back-to-school immunization clinic Thursday | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Aug. 22, 2015: VNA back-to-school immunization clinic Thursday

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will hold an immunization clinic for middle school students from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Craig Middle School. Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), meningitis and some other vaccines will be available.

Varicella (chicken pox) will only be available, along with other routine immunizations, at the VNA's drop-in immunization clinics, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St. or by appointment.

Please bring vaccination record and insurance card. The cost of each immunization for uninsured individuals is $25.50, however, no one will be refused a recommended vaccine due to inability to pay.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 970-824-8233.

Health fair Friday offers free screenings for kids 5 and under

A children's health fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Early Childhood Center, located in the Moffat County School District administration building at 775 Yampa Ave.

Screenings for children aged 5 and under will be offered to test cognitive and physical development, eyes, ears, and general health.

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To make an appointment, parents and guardians must call Lila Davis at 970-824-7457. Parents must also fill out a developmental profile, ages and stages questionnaire, and a permission-to-screen form before or on the day of the screening. These papers are available at the Early Childhood Center.

Rubber Ducky Race benefits VNA hospice

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be holding a Rubber Ducky Race fundraiser 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Ranney Street Bridge. The race will end at Loudy Simpson Park where there will be a celebration with children's activities and food vendors.

Ticket holders of the first 10 ducks that cross the finish line will receive cash prizes totaling $1,000. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the VNA's Hospice and Palliative Care program. You don't need to be present to win.

Tickets can be purchased online at nwcovna.org/rubberducky. Tickets also are available at the VNA, 745 Russell Street or Yampa Valley Bank, 435 Mack Lane. For more information, call 970-871-7609.

New K-12 student varicella vaccine requirement

The Colorado school required immunization schedule requires students in kindergarten through 12th grade have two varicella (chicken pox) immunizations at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year.

Children typically have the first varicella immunization at age one. They should have the second at 4 to 6 years old. It is especially important students in eighth through 12th grades be vaccinated twice; the disease tends to be more severe in adolescents and adults. Students do not need to get the varicella vaccine if they have evidence of having had chicken pox.

Low cost varicella and other recommended vaccinations for all ages are available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's drop in immunization clinics, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street. Immunizations also are available by appointment, call 970-824-8233.

For more information about immunizations in Colorado, go to coloradoimmunizations.com.

VNA seeking volunteers

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is seeking volunteers interested in helping with events and other needs throughout the nonprofit health organization.

Opportunities include assisting with the upcoming Rubber Ducky Race on Sept. 5 and other fundraisers, sharing crafts and activities with seniors at The Haven Assisted Living Center and helping with administrative duties or landscaping and maintenance at The Haven.

Volunteers also are needed to assist the Hospice program. They may provide support to hospice patients (training required) or assist hospice families by making meals or running errands.

Positions can be tailored to volunteers' unique skills and experience. For more information, visit nwcovna.org/volunteer or call VNA volunteer coordinator Mindy Marriott at 970-871-7609.

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