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Health briefs: Drop in flu clinics available through VNA

Flu cases are increasing in Colorado, and it's not too late to get your vaccine.

Drop in flu clinics will be held from 8:30 to noon Tuesday at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig.

Flu clinics also are held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the VNA in Craig.

The vaccine is $21.50 for adult and children's flu shots and for children's Flu Mist. Insurance will be processed; please bring your insurance cards. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to become effective. For more information, call 970-824-8233.

Animated video sheds light on health insurance premiums

The Colorado Division of Insurance released an animated video Thursday using humor and a big green monster to help individuals and families understand how health care costs impact their health insurance premiums, according to a press release from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies.

"The biggest factor in raising the price of your premium is the cost of health care," said the video's narrator. "As the cost of drug research, medical procedures, prescriptions and diagnostics go up, so does your premium."

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The video was made in part to dispel misconceptions that the DOI sets insurance premiums, the press release said. The video also emphasizes that consumers need not be passive when it comes to what kind of care they choose to receive.

"No one should avoid treatment, but it's good to find out about options," DOI Commissioner Marguerite Salazar said. "We want people to know that they can impact health care costs by asking questions."

Both English and Spanish versions can be viewed at http://www.dora.colorado.gov/insurance.

Free flu shots available to veterans

Veterans can receive flu shots at no cost at the Major William Adams Telehealth Clinic in Craig, located at 785 Russell St. Shots are available on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In some cases, the veteran's private insurance may be billed. Proof of military service is required.

The flu season in the United States typically follows trends similar to the Australian flu season, which is just concluding, according to a press release from the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center. To date, Australia has confirmed nearly twice as many cases of influenza as last year.