Health briefs: Blood drive March 30 at YVMC
Blood drive at YVMC
Bonfils Blood Center will host a blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in the conference rooms at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Barbara Hughes at 970-870-6267 or visit bonfils.org.
Hospice Daffodils can be ordered online
Northwest Colorado Health’s annual hospice daffodils fundraiser is set for March 14. Daffodils can be ordered online at northwestcoloradohealth.org/daffodils. Delivery is available for orders of 10 bunches or more; deliveries will be made March 13 and 14.
Daffodil orders also can be picked up at Northwest Colorado Health, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Daffodils are $5 for per bunch, $24 for five bunches and $46 for 10 bunches. Proceeds help ensure Northwest Colorado Health can continue caring for and supporting patients nearing end of life in the Yampa Valley. For more information, call Kyleigh Lawler at 970-871-7609.
Travelers advised to take precautions against mosquitoes
Northwest Colorado Health recommends individuals planning travel to some popular destinations take precautions against mosquitoes, which can carry Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue viruses. Areas in which travelers have a higher risk of mosquito-transmitted viruses include Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South American and some parts of the U.S., including areas in Florida, Texas and Hawaii. Taking the following steps can help protect from mosquito bites.
• Cover exposed skin with long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
• Use insect repellents registered with the U.S. Environment Protection Agency and contain active ingredients approved for safety and effectiveness such as DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus, or OLE. For more information, visit epa.gov/insect-repellents.
• Always follow directions on insect-repellent labels. Pregnant and breastfeeding women can use all EPA-registered insect repellents, including DEET. Most repellents, including DEET, can be used on children age two months and older. Adults should spray insect repellent onto hands, then apply to a child’s face.
• Wear permethrin-treated clothing and gear (boots, pants, socks, tents). Permethrin is not effective in Puerto Rico.
• Stay and sleep in screened in an air-conditioned rooms whenever possible. Sleep under a mosquito net if rooms with air conditioning or screens are not available or if sleeping outdoors. Mosquito netting can be used to cover babies age two months and younger in carriers, strollers or cribs. Keep in mind that some mosquitoes are active during the day and at night.
• Women who are pregnant may need to take special precautions and/or avoid travel to some areas with active Zika virus. For more information, visit cdc.gov/zika.
For more tips and information about high risk areas and various mosquito-transmitted viruses, visit cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes.
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