Health briefs: Low-cost FluMist available for children |

Health briefs: Low-cost FluMist available for children

VNA offers low cost FluMist for children

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has low cost FluMist available for children who do not have insurance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends individuals six months and older receive a flu vaccination every year. To make an appointment for flu or other routine immunizations, call 970-879-1632. If you are insured, bring your insurance card.

Yellow fever vaccine shortage

The yellow fever vaccine, recommended or required for travel to some international destinations, is in short supply. Anyone planning travel to a yellow fever-risk area should contact the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s travel clinic to verify the vaccine is available. If possible, travelers should do this at least one month before departure. Call the VNA’s travel clinic at 970-871-7336. A list of all Colorado clinics providing the yellow fever vaccine is available at

Crisis support lines available

A variety of crisis support lines are available 24 hours per day to connect local residents dealing with a personal mental health or other type of crisis with trained professionals or volunteers who can provide support. In the event of an emergency, dial 911.

Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide 24-hour crisis line: 970-846-8182

Advocates Building Peaceful Communities 24-hour crisis line: 970-879-8888

Mind Springs Health 24-hour crisis line: 1-888-207-4004

Colorado’s mental health crisis line: 1-844-493-TALK (8255)

Help is available for insurance enrollment

Individuals who need health insurance or need to renew their plans must do so by Jan. 31 and they need to be aware of the following important information.

• There are new plans and prices every year. Financial help is available to lower monthly costs.

• Free in-person assistance is available to help find the right plan.

Those already enrolled will need to renew their plan to retain coverage.

• There are tax fines for not having health insurance.

Individuals must enroll or renew their plans by Dec. 15 for coverage beginning Jan. 1, by Jan. 15 for coverage beginning Feb. 1 and by Jan. 31 for coverage beginning March 1.

For assistance in enrolling in health insurance, call a health coverage guide at the Northwest Colorado VNA at 970-871-7330 or Yampa Valley Medical Center at 970-879-1322.

Drop-in open enrollment assistance also is available from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Jan. 26 at Yampa Valley Medical Center, 1024 Central Park Drive.

Support groups meet this week

• A bereavement support group will meet 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 970-871-7629 before attending your first meeting.

• A Christian support group for parents of children have been called home by God is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at 27441 Brandon Circle. For more information, call 970-870-7879.

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

• 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 970-819-6751 for more information.

• 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 before 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.

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

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.