Health briefs: Blood drive planned at YVMC |

Health briefs: Blood drive planned at YVMC

Community blood drive planned at YVMC

Bonfils blood center will hold a blood drive from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive.

Donations will take place inside the conferences rooms.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Bonfils Appointment Center toll free at 800-365-0006, ext. 2 or visit

Everyone who comes in receives a special Bonfils T-shirt through Sept. 6, or while supplies last.

VNA advises precautions with bats, which may carry rabies

Rabies is a potentially deadly virus transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. Some bats have tested positive for rabies in Northwest Colorado. Follow these precautions to avoid exposure to potentially infected bats or other wild animals:

· Never touch a wild bat or any other wild animal.

· Teach children who find a bat to leave it alone and tell an adult.

· Keep your doors and windows covered with intact screens. Do not leave screenless doors or windows open during the evening.

· If you have bats in your house, call a professional trapper with experience with removing bats from homes.

· Keep your pets up to date on rabies vaccines. Call your veterinarian if you are unsure of your pet’s vaccination status.

· If you are exposed to a bat, if possible, safely collect the animal using a shovel (do not use your hands, even if you are wearing gloves) and call the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588.

· If you are bitten by a bat or awake to find a bat in the room where you are sleeping, call your medical provider and the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (the public health agency for Routt County) at 970-879-1632.

For more information about rabies, visit

Movement and Exercise class in Hayden

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a Movement and Exercise class is 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays at The Haven Community Center. The gentle exercise class for older adults helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and the risk of falls. There is a $3 suggested donation per class. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 970-871-7676.

Be aware of hepatitis

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can sometimes lead to long-term liver infection or liver cancer. The most common types are Hepatitis A, B and C. Hepatitis A is spread by eating or drinking food or water contaminated with the virus. Hepatitis B is spread through blood, semen or other body fluids. Hepatitis C is spread through infected blood. Vaccines are available to prevent Hepatitis A and B. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C, but it can be treated if caught early. Travel and/or some behaviors may increase your hepatitis risk. Talk to your healthcare provider about your risk and whether you should be screened. Hepatitis A and B, and other routine vaccinations are available during drop-in immunizations clinics, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Dr., Suite 101. They are also available by appointment. Call 970-879-1632.

Support groups meeting this week

The following is a list of support groups that meet through the week.

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association hosts a support group for adults coping with divorce Tuesdays from Noon to 1 p.m. at the Rollingstone Respite House, 1500 Pine Grove Road. For more information, call Adrienne Hearne at 512-630-1373. Meetings will focus on handling strong emotions and life transition, restoring one’s identity and self-esteem, effective communication and successful single parenting.

• A Heartbeat Suicide Survivor support group meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health campus, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for survivors to learn skills to help manage grief. Enroll by calling 970-846-8182.

• A depression, anxiety and bipolar support group meets from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room 2 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive. The group provides support, education and tools to help with everyday life. Family and friends are welcome. Call 970-819-2232 for more information.

• A Parkinson’s care partners meeting for those who care for people with Parkinson’s disease is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. For the meeting location, contact 970-879-0518 or

• The Heartbeat of Steamboat support group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rollingstone Respite House, 480 Rollingstone Drive. The group is for those who have lost a loved one or friend.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group also has a recovery-based yoga beforehand at 4:30 p.m. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

• A cancer support group to help cancer patients deal with pain, nausea, fatigue and side effects is from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave., Suite A. For more information, call 970-846-4717.

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