Craig health briefs for Oct. 10, 2015: TMH Clinic offers flu shots and clinic |

Craig health briefs for Oct. 10, 2015: TMH Clinic offers flu shots and clinic

Lauren Blair

— The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic offers flu shots on a walk-in basis every day during regular hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

TMH Clinic will also host flu shot clinics from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 22. No appointment is necessary. The cost for flu shots is $20 for the shot, $30 for the Flu Mist, and $40 for the Flu Block (for those with an egg allergy).

Payment is due at the time of service. If a patient has insurance and would like it to be billed through insurance, they can call to schedule an appointment with their provider.

Medicare counseling available for seniors Tuesday

Open enrollment for Medicare drug plans, or Part D, starts Thursday and runs through Dec. 7. Medicare enrollees are encouraged to meet with a certified Medicare counselor to review their plan and ensure their prescription needs are being met.

Medicare clients have the opportunity to review and switch drug plans each year during the open enrollment period. If you feel you’re paying too much or your prescriptions aren’t covered by your current plan, there may be better options available.

To make an appointment to review your plan, contact Betsy Packer at 970-819-6401

A Medicare session will also be offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Bell Tower building at 50 College Drive in the computer lab on the second floor.

Pregnancy Center to host chili supper, silent auction fundraiser

Yampa Valley Pregnancy Center’s annual chili supper and silent auction will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Center of Craig. This year’s theme is Celebrating New Beginnings.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, and cost $8 per person, $12 per couple, $20 for a family of 4 (additional children $2 each). Tickets are available at the Pregnancy Center and at the door. Call 824-5204 to reserve your tickets or for more information.

VNA offers new group for moms-to-be

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer Becoming a New Mom from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 18 at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

Participants will meet other expectant moms and learn about having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The group will include information about prenatal care, eating healthy and making positive lifestyle changes, labor and delivery, infant care and postpartum changes. The program is free. For more information or to sign up, call 970-871-7670.

VNA offers drop-in flu clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers weekly flu immunization clinics from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at 745 Russell St. in Craig.

The VNA will also host a drop-in flu clinic at Sunset Elementary School from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 19. Cash or checks will be accepted.

A one-time drop-in flu clinic will also take place at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. Cash or checks will be accepted.

All ages are welcome to all clinics. Bring Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance card. Low cost immunizations are available for uninsured individuals. For more information, call 970-871-7624.

TMH Mini Med School course under way

Wish you had chosen a medical career or at least paid a little more attention in science class? Want to better understand the terminology, technology, and treatments that the medical profession is using these days?

University of Colorado School of Medicine is offering a Mini Med School hosted by The Memorial Hospital, which will kick off at 7 p.m Wednesday in the TMH conference rooms. The free eight-week program will cover topics such as killer T-cells, antibodies, new drugs and cancer breakthroughs.

All courses are taught by CU Denver medical professors via live-stream feed from Anschutz Medical Center. Classes are designed to make you more knowledgeable and excited about the human body, and help you take charge of your own health.

Those who attend at least five of the eight sessions will receive a diploma. Presentations last for one hour on a specific topic, followed by a question-and-answer period.

The program is free and open to everyone, however those over the age of 13 generally have the best learning experience.

To register, visit, or for more information, contact Jennifer Riley at 970-826-3109.

Class topics and faculty are as follows:

• Oct. 14 — A day in the life of a pediatrician — Jennifer Soep, M.D.

• Oct. 21 — Hypertension: Understanding the silent killer

• Oct. 28 — How thyroid disorders affect your health — Michael McDermott, M.D.

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