Briefs: Local Health November 11, 2008

Clinics offering vaccinations for flu

Various flu shot clinics are being offered at these times and locations in the Grand Valley:

•  Flu shots are from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Parish Hall on the northeast corner of Third Street and White Avenue.
Flu shots will available again at the same location from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday .

St. Joseph’s Health Ministries is organizing the clinic.

• The shots are $24 or individuals can bring insurance cards to cover the expense.

Caprock Academy is working with Flu Busters and Novartis Vaccines to sponsor flu vaccination clinics in Grand Junction.

• The vaccines will be given from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Goodwill community room, 630 24 1/2 Road.
Vaccinations are $30. Medicaid and Medicare part B are accepted.
Individuals also will receive additional information about staying healthy during flu season.

Hospice care focus for November

• November is National Hospice Month and Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado wants to make people aware of their services:
1. Hospice care is for the patient and family. Hospice is not a place but a kind of care focusing on pain relief, symptom control and spiritual and emotional support.
2. Hospice care focuses on quality of life and fulfilling the wishes of the patient and family. It’s not about “giving up.”
3. The majority of Hospice care takes place in a home.
4. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid in most states, most insurance and most HMOs.
5. Expenses of medicines related to life-limiting illnesses are covered by Medicare Hospice Benefit.
6. Hospice provides support and caregiving training for family caregivers.
7. Bereavement support is available to families for a year after the death of a loved one.
Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado provides care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. In 2007, $800,000 in uncompensated care was given to area families, and community philanthropy makes the level of care possible, according to Hospice.

Counseling available to crime victims

• The Counseling and Education Center is offering counseling to individuals who have experienced or witnessed a crime.
Call 243-9539 for information. The center is at 2708 Patterson Road.

Chronic pain presentation planned

• The Center for Enriched Communication Counseling & Education Center’s Holly Archuleta is holding a free informational presentation and luncheon for those living with chronic pain at noon Nov. 19 at the Fruita Civic Center, 325 E. Aspen.
The presentation kicks off a 10-week educational and therapeutic group for those who have chronic pain.
To reserve a spot at the presentation, call the Fruita Recreation Department at 858-0360.

Marillac Clinic celebrates anniversary

• The Marillac Clinic will sponsor an open house from 5–6:30 p.m. Thursday at its Grand Junction location, 2333 N. Sixth St.
The open house celebrates Marillac’s 20th anniversary. The public is invited to attend and meet clinic staff and supporters and tour the facility.
Marillac is a nonprofit medical center that provides health care services to uninsured, low- to middle-income families in Mesa County.
To register, call 255-6313.

Free health screenings offered in GarCo

• Mountain Family Health centers is conducting free health screenings in the region this month.
The health screenings are open to the public. The screenings include: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and heart disease risk assessment.
Fasting for the health screenings is ideal but not required, and appointments aren’t necessary.

The screenings are available at these times and locations.
In Carbondale:

Wednesday — 1:30 to 7 p.m., Gordon Cooper Library.
Friday —  2 to 7 p.m., La Perla.

In Glenwood Springs:

Nov. 19 — 2 to 7 p.m., Glenwood Springs Community Center.
Nov. 24 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mountain Family Health Center.
Nov. 26 — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Glenwood Springs Health Department.

In Rifle:

Saturday — 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Rifle Public Library.
Monday — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Rifle Public Health Department.

Contact Sharla Gallegos at 970-618-3159 for information.


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