The following article highlights San Juan Basin Health's immunization outreach targeting schools and childcare centers to ensure children and adults around them are up to date on their whooping cough (pertussis) vaccinations. It appeared in the December 5, 2012 Durango Herald as part of our monthly Creating Community column. Read the full article: This Holiday Season, Make Sure to Get Pertussis Shot.
Colorado and other states are experiencing higher than average flu cases this year. There have been 52 individuals hospitalized due to flu in Colorado already this year. The average number of hospitalized cases for this time of year is eight. Health officials nationally are concerned about both the higher numbers they’re seeing as well as how early it seems to be hitting populations. “We know it’s in the community,” said Bari Wagner, Southwest Epidemiologist for San Juan Basin Health.
Celebrating Healthy Communities wants to know what La Plata County means to its youth and if a picture is worth a thousand words, why not have them show it to us in a picture? The rules are simple. Take a picture of what your community means to you. Do not include faces, unless you blur them out. No illegal activity. You must be 18 or younger, and most importantly, have fun! Email your photos to Amber Beye at firstname.lastname@example.org by the January 10th deadline. Click here for contest flyer.
San Juan Basin Health invites community members to the next step in creating a Public Health Improvement Plan for Archuleta and La Plata Counties by participating in a summit on Thursday, December 6th. There will a presentation of results from the recently completed Community Health Priorities survey. Individuals will then have the opportunity to help select one to two key health concerns for the two counties. Decisions from this meeting will be incorporated into a Public Health Improvement Plan which will be completed in 2013.
San Juan Basin Health Department will be closed November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
The Durango City Council took steps to improve our community's health Monday night's (11-5-12) council meeting. Councilmembers approved a Smoke-Free ordinance for city-owned Parks, Playgrounds, Animas River Trail and Bus Stops. This victory for local youth and community members is the culmination of three years of effort by the local Lasso Tobacco Coalition/ Celebrating Community Norms Coalition.
Make sure you and your family stay healthy this holiday season by getting vaccinated against the flu. San Juan Basin Health is offering its final Wednesday Walk-in on November 14th from 10 to 6 p.m. Flu shots or flumist for children up to age 18 is also just $14.70. For adults, the cost is $25 for a flu shot or $40 for flumist.
San Juan Basin Health is located at 281 Sawyer Drive in Bodo Park).
San Juan Basin Health Department is offering a worksite wellness program in La Plata and Archuleta Counties. The goal of the program is to reduce obesity and other cardiovascular disease risk factors among working adults. The program will provide employees baseline health assessments, a wellness survey, and educational resources and support in adopting healthier lifestyle behaviors. While this program is open to all businesses and organizations, the focus is on recruiting those that aren’t able to offer health insurance to their employees.