Craig health briefs for Aug. 8, 2015: VNA and Craig Chamber will host mixer | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Aug. 8, 2015: VNA and Craig Chamber will host mixer

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association and Craig Chamber of Commerce are hosting a mixer to celebrate National Health Center week.

The event will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St. The mixer will include food, drinks and door prizes. The general public is invited to attend.

RSVP to the Chamber at 970-824-5689.

VNA holds back to school immunization clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will hold an immunization clinic for kindergarten through 12th-grade students from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at Alice Pleasant Park. Most recommended and required vaccinations will be available.

An immunization clinic for middle school students will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27 at Craig Middle School. Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), meningitis and some other vaccines will be available.

Varicella (chicken pox) will not be available at these off-site clinics. You can get varicella and 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.

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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.

The Haven is accepting new residents

The Haven Assisted Living Center in Hayden is accepting new residents. The 20-bed nonprofit assisted living facility is owned and operated by the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

Private and semi-private rooms are available. Services include meals, housekeeping, exercise classes and social activities. Additional amenities and care options are available. Medicaid is accepted. The Haven also offers respite care for adults who need temporary assisted living care.

For more information, call 970-875-1888 or visit havenseniorliving.com.

TMH offers expanded Lifeline service for senior citizens

Phillips Lifeline is a medical alert system used primarily by senior citizens, and is now offering a technology that allows people to connect wirelessly through a cellular connection if they don’t have a landline.

The alert system is typically installed in a home and connected to a phone line. When in need of medical assistance, a person can press a button to call for help. There is also an option to wear a medical alert button that communicates with a base-system, which has the ability to detect a fall and automatically sends a call for help. Lifeline also offers a service called "Go-Safe" that is equipped with GPS.

TMH works with the community to provide Lifeline services. For more information or to purchase a Lifeline, contact Stayton Mosbey at 970-826-3290 or Stayton.mosbey@tmhcraig.org.

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.

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