Briefs: Local Health October 14, 2008

CDC alters flu shots recommendations

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests children between the ages of 6 months and 18 years receive flu shots during the 2008–09 flu season.
Previously, the CDC recommended children between 6 months and 6 years be vaccinated. The change was recommended because immunizing more children protects more people, the CDC said.
The Colorado Department of Public Health said it has an ample supply of the vaccine to allow more people to be vaccinated against the flu this season.
Vaccine manufacturers are projecting an all-time high of between 143–146 million doses of flu vaccine will be available in the United States this year, the Colorado Health Department said.
The flu season typically peaks in January or February, but flu cases are sometimes reported as early as October. People can start receiving the vaccine now and have immunity through the season, which typically ends in March.
For flu vaccine information, visit or call 1-877-462-2911.
The CDC urges parents to watch a six-minute documentary called “Why Flu Matters: Personal Stories of Families Who Lost Children to the Flu” at

Women veterans health event Oct. 21

• The Women Veterans Health Care Extravaganza will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Holiday Inn on Horizon Drive.
The free event is open to all female veterans who served from World War II to the present.
Booths and presentations at the event include general health, veterans benefits, online health programs, exercise programs, nutrition, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicide prevention.
There also will be three presentations on women’s health issues.
Female veterans unable to attend the event can contact Kathy Goe at 242-0731, ext. 2508, for more information.

Foundation hosts meeting for nonprofits

• The Colorado Health Foundation invites representatives from health-related nonprofits to attend an informational meeting about applying for grants and other opportunities.
The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Ziegel Room in the W.W. Campbell College Center at Mesa State College. A special afternoon session will focus on program evaluation such as developing systems to measure a program’s impact.
Parking is available at the pay lot on the corner of North 12th Street and Elm Avenue. Day parking passes will be provided at check-in. Online registration is available at The session is free and lunch is provided.
For questions, contact Joan Golden at (303) 953-3629.

Cholesterol screenings available

• The St. Mary’s Regional Blood Center offers free cholesterol screenings to those who donate blood during October.
The Blood Center is on the second floor of St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave. It is open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
People do not need to fast before giving blood or getting a cholesterol screening. Results will be sent in the mail.
Information on Bloodmobile donor sites is available at

Meeting for parents focuses on dyslexia

• A meeting to help parents, children and educators understand dyslexia will be from 6:30–8 p.m. Wednesday in the Goodwill meeting room, 630 24 1/2 Road.
Elenn Steinberg, president of The International Dyslexia Association’s Rocky Mountain Branch, will be the speaker.
Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Fashion show raises funds for cancer

• A Rockin’ the Runway fashion event to raise funds for St. Mary’s Cancer Foundation will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Wells Fargo on Fourth and Main streets.
New York Boutique & Salon is putting on the event and Charles King will be the special guest.
Tickets are $25 and available at New York Moon. Call 242-2013 for more information.


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