Health briefs for May 17, 2014: The Memorial Hospital hosting community barbecue
The Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Medical Services department and other first-responder agencies will kick off Emergency Medical Services Week, which runs from Sunday to May 24, by hosting its third annual free community barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Loudy-Simpson Park.
The event includes hot dogs, hamburgers and other food on the menu, along with health information like CPR basics and sign-ups for more advanced classes, car seat safety and a “splint-a-bear station” for kids to learn first aid on stuffed animals.
There will also be a Bicycle Rodeo, with bicycle safety inspections by the Craig Police Department and fire trucks and a Classic Lifeguard helicopter available for viewing.
Families also can meet McGruff the Crime Dog, Redy Fox, Smokey Bear and the new EMS mascot, Terry the Traumasaurus.
Drawings for prizes will be available, too.
For more information, call 970-824-9411.
Visiting Nurse Association offering health screenings to drivers
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association staff member Frani Jenkins, PA-C, recently completed National Motor Carrier Medical Examiner certification to provide Department of Transportation medical exams. As part of the certification, Jenkins was trained to perform physical qualification examinations for truck and bus drivers.
The certification was created to enhance commercial motor vehicle driver health and reduce highway crashes. As of Wednesday, all interstate CMV drivers must have their physical examination performed by a certified medical examiner listed on the National Registry.
To make an appointment with Jenkins, call 970-824-8233 or visit the VNA’s Craig location at 745 Russell St.
World No Tobacco Day is May 31
The World Health Organization encourages people around the globe to speak out against tobacco products as part of World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
This effort includes asking governments to increase taxes on the substance. WHO estimates that a 10 percent increase in the cost of tobacco products would decrease consumption by 4 percent in most high-income nations and by 8 percent in low-income countries.
For more information on tobacco statistics, visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014/event/en/.
Hayden fundraiser to take place June 20
The Haven Community Center’s annual fundraiser is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 20 at The Haven, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.
The event includes a barbecue and a silent auction. Live music by Loose Change begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $8 per student, $15 per adult, $25 per couple, $40 per family and free to children younger than 5.
Auction items can be viewed at http://www.havenseniorliving.com/fundraiser.
For more information, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888 or email@example.com.
Measles vaccines recommended
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing a high number of reported measles cases, many of which were acquired during international travel. A total of 129 measles cases have been reported in the U.S. in 2014, the highest number reported since 1996.
Of these cases, 34 were imported from other countries, such as the Philippines. The Philippines has been experiencing an explosive outbreak of measles, with about 20,000 confirmed or suspected cases reported during January and February, including 69 deaths.
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 as long as two hours on surfaces and in the air. Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis, and death. CDC recommends international travelers, school age children and college students receive two MMR — measles, mumps, rubella — vaccinations.
Children between ages 1 and 3 years old should receive one dose of MMR or two doses if they are traveling internationally.
For more information about getting vaccinated against measles, call 970-824-8233 or 970-879-1632 or contact your health care provider.