Briefs: Health Aug. 11, 2009

Tdap vaccine clinic at Fruita Monument

• With the first day of school rapidly approaching, the Mesa County Health Department wants to remind parents to ensure their children are vaccinated.

Tdap vaccinations are available at Fruita Monument High School from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Required immunizations always are available at the Mesa Health Department at 510 29 1/2 Road or through health care providers. Vaccines are $14.50. Private insurances that can be billed include Rocky Mountain Health Plans, CNIC and Medicaid/CHP+. Those unable to afford the fee may have all or some of the fee waived.
The Tdap vaccination protects against tetanus (lockjaw), diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough), which are bacterial diseases that are spread from person to person.

Weight Watchers works to end hunger

• Weight Watchers is launching its second annual Lose for Good Campaign starting Aug. 30. Participants working to reduce to a healthy weight will work for local food drives. Weight Watchers will donate up to $1 million to hunger fighting charities as a result of the drive. The program runs through Oct. 17. Go to for more information.

Safety expo focuses on domestic violence

• Montrose County and TriCounty Resource will have a Public Safety Expo from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Friendship Hall. The free Public Safety Expo focuses on domestic violence prevention and is a fundraiser for the family of fallen Montrose Police Department Sgt. David Kinterknecht. Call Becky Ela at TriCounty Resource, 874-4941, for more information.


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