Craig health briefs for May 16, 2015: Sports physicals for 2015-16 school year available May 27 | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for May 16, 2015: Sports physicals for 2015-16 school year available May 27

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— Moffat County High School will offer sports physicals for both high school and Craig Middle School students from 5 to 7 p.m. May 27 at The Memorial Hospital Clinic at 785 Russell St. in Craig.

The cost is $15. No appointment is necessary. Parents and students can pick up the packet ahead of time in the first floor office of MCHS. There will not be a physical date in July this year.

VNA offers monthly grief support group

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program will host a grief education and support group at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell St. The group meets the third Thursday of every month.

Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

Take precautions with live poultry

Individuals should take precautions when handling chicks, ducklings, goslings and baby turkeys due to possibility of salmonella infection.

Salmonella can result from handling live poultry, poultry cages and bedding. Children are more susceptible to the illness; children five and younger should not handle young birds.

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Individuals who have touched live poultry or areas where the birds live and roam should thoroughly wash hands with soap and water and clean any equipment or materials involved in raising or caring for poultry, such as feed and water containers. Never bring live poultry inside the house.

For more information, call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-824-8233.

Free colonoscopies available for eligible adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has information about free colonoscopies for low income, eligible adults.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but it is one of the most preventable cancers. Screening is the best way to reduce colon cancer risk. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screenings beginning at age 50, however individuals who have a family history of the disease may need to start earlier.

A variety of low cost tests are available. Individuals should talk to their medical provider about their colon cancer risk and the best screening option. For more information about free colonoscopies through the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, call 970-871-7658.

VNA reminds residents to protect themselves from Hantavirus

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association advises precautions when cleaning areas inhabited by rodents. Hantavirus is a serious, potentially fatal respiratory illness carried primarily by deer mice. People can be infected by breathing in dirt and dust contaminated with deer mouse urine and feces. Most cases occur in the spring and summer.

The illness can begin one to six weeks after exposure. Early symptoms are fatigue, fever and muscle aches and may also include headaches, dizziness, chills and abdominal problems. If a person experiences these symptoms and has potentially been exposed to rodents, they should seek medical attention immediately.

Hantavirus can be prevented by cleaning up possible rodent food sources and nesting sites around the home, work area or campsite. For information about safely cleaning rodent areas, go to http://www.cdc.gov/rodents/cleaning/.

Hepatitis A vaccination recommended for travel

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association recommends people planning travel to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America receive a Hepatitis A vaccination.

Hepatitis A can be spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis A and other routine vaccinations are available during drop in immunization clinics, 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the VNA in Craig, 745 Russell Street.

Other vaccinations may be recommended depending on the international destination. For more information, call 970-824-8233.