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Health briefs: Learning series will highlight health equity

Yampa Valley Health

Learning series will highlight health equity

A new education series will provide information and encourage discussion about health equity in the community. Part one will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

Health equality focuses on how various factors influence individuals' ability to live healthy, productive lives and how this, in turn, influences healthcare costs and other issues impacting everyone. The event will include a guest presentation from Deliana Garcia, director of International Projects, Research and Development, Migrant Clinicians Network in Austin, Texas.

Residents from throughout the community are encouraged to attend to learn more and share their thoughts. The event will include a light dinner. RSVP by calling 970-871-7323 or email fsmilanich@northwestcoloradohealth.org.

Drop-in flu clinics offered Wednesdays

Northwest Colorado Health will hold drop-in flu clinics from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 5 through Nov. 9, at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101.

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Flu and pneumonia shots are available for all ages, and costs vary.

Bring Medicare, Medicaid, CHP+ or other insurance cards. Low cost options are available to individuals who do not have insurance. Cash and checks will be accepted. Flu shots also are available by appointment. For more information, call 970-879-1632. For a schedule of all flu clinics, visit northwestcoloradohealth.org/flu.

World Rabies Day highlights prevention

World Rabies Day highlights the importance of preventing human and pet contact with bats, which can carry the potentially deadly rabies virus (other wild animals may also carry the disease). Most bats leave in the fall to hibernate, so it's a good time to bat proof your home. It's best to contact an animal-control or wildlife conservation agency for assistance. Following are suggestions if you choose to do it yourself.

• Carefully examine home for holes that might allow bats to enter. Caulk openings larger than a quarter-inch by a half-inch.

• Use window screens, chimney caps and draft-guards beneath doors. Fill electrical and plumbing holes with stainless steel wool or caulking, and ensure all outside doors close tightly.

• Prevent bats from roosting in attics or buildings by covering outside entry points. During summer months, observe where the bats exit at dusk, and keep them from coming back by loosely hanging clear plastic sheeting or bird netting over these areas. Bats can crawl out and leave but cannot re-enter. When all the bats are gone, the openings can be permanently sealed.

• Ensure pets are up-to-date on rabies vaccine. In Colorado, pets that are unvaccinated or overdue for a booster msut be quarantined for up to 120 days or possibly euthanized if they've had sufficient exposure to a bat or other wild animal that may carry rabies. For more information about rabies, visit cdc.gov/rabies.

Heart health talk offered

Natural Grocers will sponsor a talk titled “Where to Start to Love Your Heart” from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday Oct. 3 at the store, 335 Lincoln Ave.

Participants will learn common heart care myths, then begin their journey toward heart health with three simple dietary strategies and three supplements that will enhance heart health.