Steamboat Briefs: VNA offers free screening for breathing problems

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The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association now is offering free screenings for people experiencing breathing problems or diagnosed with asthma, COPD or other related respiratory illnesses in Routt, Moffat and Jackson counties.

Spirometry testing, pulmonary functions studies, prescription medications and disease management are available at a reduced charge based on income.

For details or to schedule a screening, contact Victoria Barron, RN, Community Health Educator, at 970-875-1883.

Nicotine quit kits available from Colorado Quitline

Free nicotine patches or gum are available by calling the Colorado Quitline at 800-QUIT NOW (784-8669). Pick up your free Quit Kits, with no patches or gum included, at the Steamboat VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or the Craig VNA office at 745 Russell St.

VNA offering pneumonia vaccine to adults

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is now offering pneumonia vaccines, newly recommended for adults who smoke or have asthma. The vaccine is free under the Merck Vaccine Assistance Program to low-income, uninsured adults. It is also fully covered under Medicare Part B and Medicaid. Tobacco and pulmonary specialists are available for free health consultations at the VNA office at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays. Schedule an appointment at 879-1632 for the vaccine and a consultation.

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