Health briefs: Hepatitis A on the rise in Colorado |

Health briefs: Hepatitis A on the rise in Colorado

Yampa Valley Health

Colorado is experiencing an increase in hepatitis A cases, and the state is recommending some adults at higher risk for the illness be vaccinated. Hepatitis A is a liver infection. Typically, a person contracts the virus by ingesting food or drinks contaminated with the virus. It also can be spread through sexual contact. The vaccine is routinely recommended for children, but most adults have not been vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine, given six months apart, are recommended for the following people.

• All children at age 1.

• Men who have sexual contact with men or people who live with or have sexual contact with someone who has hepatitis A.

• People who use injection and non-injection illegal drugs.

• People with chronic liver diseases, such as cirrhosis, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

• People who are homeless.

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• People who are traveling to areas with higher rates of hepatitis A, including Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

• Family members or caregivers of a recent adoptee from countries where the virus is common.

• People who are treated with blood clotting-factor concentrates.

For more information about hepatitis A, visit For more information about the vaccine or to make an appointment for immunization, call Northwest Colorado Health at 970-879-1632.

YVMC takes part in opioid safety pilot program

Yampa Valley Medical Center is participating in the Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot program designed to to reduce the use of opioids in Colorado emergency departments, according to a news release.

The program will work to implement the new Colorado Emergency Physicians Emergency Department Opioid Guidelines to reduce the use of opioids in Colorado emergency rooms by 15 percent.

According to information provided by the Colorado Hospital Association, Colorado is at the center of the nation's opioid epidemic, with the 12th highest rate of misuse and abuse of prescription opioids across all 50 states.

Colorado hospitals, particularly their emergency departments, are in a strong position to integrate new, more effective pain management treatments tailored to each patient's unique pain needs.

Yellow fever vaccine may be temporarily unavailable

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some areas of South America and Africa, is in short supply and may be temporarily unavailable in some areas of the U.S.

Anyone planning travel to an area at risk for yellow fever transmission should call the travel clinic at Northwest Colorado Health at 970-871-7336 as soon as possible to verify the vaccine is available.

A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at

Share your healthy recipes

Every Monday, Steamboat Today publishes simple, healthy recipes in the Yampa Valley Health section, through a partnership with the Colorado State University Extension office. Those who have a recipe that is easy-to-prepare and made from commonly found ingredients are encouraged to share. Forget the fussy soufflé or the dish requiring fenugreek seeds; we're looking for basic recipes that will inspire more to cook. Email healthy recipes to Karen Massey at or send them to Massey at the Routt County Extension Office, P.O. Box 772830, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477.