Briefs: Local Health November 04, 2008

Vision correction surgery subject of seminar on Nov. 11

• Grand Valley LASIK & Cataract Institute’s annual patient education seminar is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at 2472 Patterson Road, No. 11.
The seminar includes free information about the latest technology in laser vision correction surgery and Intralase bladeless surgery.
Call 423-5555 to reserve a spot in the seminar and ask about being entered into a drawing for a free LASIK procedure in November, December and January.

Families USA report: 170,000 uninsured children in state

• According to a Families USA report released last week, there are approximately 170,000 uninsured children in Colorado, meaning nearly one of eight Colorado children does not have access to health insurance.
Families USA, a national organization for health care consumers, based its numbers on U.S. Census Bureau information from 2005 to 2007.
The Families USA report indicated 13.7 percent of Colorado’s children ages 18 and younger are uninsured. The state ranked seventh in the nation in the percentage of children without health insurance.
Nearly 71 percent of those uninsured children live in a house where at least one parent has a full-time job, the report found.
Nearly two-thirds of the 170,000 uninsured children also come from low-income families living well below the poverty line, which now is an income of less than $35,200 for a family of three, according to the report.
The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, is scheduled to expire on March 31, which could increase the number of children without health insurance across the country and in Colorado, Families USA said.
In Colorado, the CHIP program is called Children’s Health Plan Plus, or CHP+. Last year, more than 84,600 children received their health care through the program., said Ron Pollack, Families USA executive director.

More flu shot clinics offered in Garfield County this week

• The Garfield County Public Health Department’s flu vaccination clinics for this week will be at the following dates, times and locations.

Clinics set for today :

• 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Carbondale Rec Center.

•  7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Glenwood Springs Community Center.

•  7 a.m. to noon, New Castle Community Center.

•  1–7 p.m., Silt Fire Station.

•  7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Rifle City Hall

•  7 a.m., Battlement Mesa Activity Center.
Clinics on Thursday :

•  10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Garfield County Administration Building.

•  7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Rifle Health and Human Service Building.
Clinics on Saturday :

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glenwood Springs Mall.

•  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rifle Health and Human Service Building.

No appointments are necessary to get a flu shot. A shot costs $20 for adults and $10 for children. Medicare and Medicaid are accepted.

For information, call the Health Department in Rifle at 625-5200 or in Glenwood Springs at 945-6614.


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