Health briefs for May 24, 2014: The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic extends business hours
The Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic now is offering a longer daily schedule for patients by increasing its hours of operation.
The facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
For more information, call 970-826-2400 or visit http://thememorialhospital.com/medical-clinic.
Visiting Nurse Association offering special addition to senior health program
As part of Senior Health and Fitness Day on Wednesday, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will be giving away health and wellness goody bags for anyone who attends and brings a friend to Wellness Wednesday exercise class from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Journey at First Baptist, 1150 W. Ninth St.
A potluck lunch and guest speaker will follow the free class from 11:30 to 1 p.m. There will be no charge for exercise class or lunch for this week.
For more information, call 970-871-7676.
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 about tobacco statistics, visit http://who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2014/event/en.
Hayden fundraiser to take place June 20
The Haven Community Center 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 under 5.
Auction items can be viewed at http://havenseniorliving.com/fundraiser. Online bidding already is available for a guided expedition provided by Henderson Fly Fishing worth more than $600.
For more information, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Measles vaccines recommended
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States is experiencing a high number of reported measles, 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 approximately 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 2 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 to 3 years old should receive one dose of MMR, but 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.