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Steamboat Springs: YVMC lifts visitor restrictions as flu eases

— Yampa Valley Medical Center has lifted visitor restrictions established in the fall.

"Due to the latest seasonal influenza and H1N1 figures coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Yampa Valley Medical Center has decided to relax our visitor restrictions," hospital Infection Prevention Coordinator Steve Hilley said in a news release.

In mid-October, YVMC started restricting visitors to healthy people older than 12 except for siblings at the Family Birth Place. General visiting guidelines are at http://www.yvmc.org.

Flu vaccination week highlights healthy habits

National Influenza Vaccin­ation Week is this week. The following are three simple steps to a health new year:

  1. Add the flu vaccine to your wish list. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the flu.

  2. Be a germ stopper. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

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  3. Check the facts and stay informed. Visit flu.gov regularly for the latest information.

For more information about flu clinics, call the VNA flu hot line at 871-7684 or log on to http://www.nwcovna.info.

HPV vaccine available for free to low-income women

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus and is important because it can cause cervical cancer in women. The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association provides the vaccine free to eligible low-income, uninsured women ages 19 to 26. Call the VNA for more information in Steamboat at 879-1632, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, or in Craig at 824-8233, 745 Russell St.

Mrs. Steamboat Springs, Mrs. Routt County sought

The search has begun for the new Mrs. Steamboat Springs and Mrs. Routt County. Once selected, the community representatives will compete in the Mrs. Colorado Pageant on May 16 in Denver, according to a news release.

Applicants for Mrs. Steam­boat Springs must live or work in the Steamboat Springs area, must be married during the time of the competition, a resident of Colorado for at least six months, a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old, according to the release. Applicants for Mrs. Routt County must meet the same criteria except must live or work in the Routt County area. There is no age limit or talent performance.

Interested women should visit http://www.mrscolorado.com or call Emily at 303-593-1199.