Craig health briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: VNA offers grief support group |

Craig health briefs for Feb. 14, 2015: VNA offers grief support group

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice program is hosting its final grief education and support group from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays in the Gold Room at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St.

The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. For more information, call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

Senior wellness and medical foot care clinics for older adults

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides senior wellness clinics and medical foot care clinics regularly in Craig and Maybell locations.

Senior wellness clinics include blood pressure and blood glucose checks, medication review and nutrition and weight assessment. The clinics are free to adults 64 and older. Donations are appreciated.

Foot care clinics include consultation, foot inspection and toenail trim. The service is $20, and appointments are required.

For clinic times and locations, call 970-871-7676.

Measles vaccination recommended

The United States is experiencing a multi-state measles outbreak that started in California in December.

Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing and sneezing. After an infected person leaves a location, the virus remains contagious for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air.

Symptoms generally appear seven to 14 days after a person is infected and begin with fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes). A rash appears within five days after symptoms start. Infection can cause pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

Measles is still common in other countries. Infection can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following individuals receive the vaccine:

· All children should get two doses of MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12 to 15 months old and the second dose at 4 to 6 years old. Special vaccination recommendations may apply to infants and children travelling internationally.

· Adults born after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity (documentation of adequate vaccination or having had the illness) should have one or two doses of the MMR vaccine, depending on their risk. Two doses are recommended for adults who are in a post-secondary school, work in a health care facility or are planning international travel. Children and adults can receive the second dose 28 days or more after the first dose.

For more information about measles vaccination, go to

The MMR vaccine is available at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association. For more information, call 970-879-1632 in Steamboat Springs or 970-824-8233 in Craig.

Weigh and Win team challenge under way

Weigh and Win, a community weight loss program, is encouraging groups of four to eight people to pool their weight loss efforts for the chance to win prizes.

The challenge runs Feb. 1 through April 30. Each team member will need to weigh in at least twice at the kiosk located in the lobby of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 745 Russell Street.

Teams across the state will compete for the most cumulative weight lost and/or most average HEALTHpoints gained. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams in each category.

Participation is free. Register at For more information, call 970-875-1880.

VNA immunization clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides low-cost immunizations to adults and children.

These include vaccines for flu, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), chicken pox, shingles, pneumonia, HPV, meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria & whooping cough (Tdap) and hepatitis A and B. Individuals also can receive TB testing at the VNA.

Immunizations or TB tests are available by appointment or during drop in clinic hours, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Steamboat Springs VNA, 745 Russell Street.

For more information, call 970-824-8233.

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