Whooping cough immunizations available

The San Juan Basin Health Department recommends pertussis (whooping cough) immunizations for all children and adults, and particularly for people who have contact with infants.

This includes pregnant women in the third or late second trimester; and parents, grandparents and caregivers of infants younger than 1 year.

The health department offers Tdap vaccinations to children, teens and adults for less than $15. This vaccine also serves as a tetanus booster.

For an appointment in Durango, call 335-2013. For an appointment in Pagosa Springs, call 264-2409. For more information, visit www.sjbhd.org/immunizations.

Health department raises women’s services in Colo.

San Juan Basin Health Department has increased its Women’s Wellness Connection services.

The program provides breast and cervical cancer screenings (clinical breast exams, pap tests, and mammograms) to eligible women.

This program is for uninsured Colorado residents who are legal citizens. Insured women with high deductibles may also be eligible if income guidelines are met.

For more information about the program in La Plata or San Juan counties, call 335-2013, or in Archuleta County, call 264-2409.

Promoviendo la Salud to discontinue Sept. 30

The San Juan Basin Health Department’s program Promoviendo la Salud will be discontinued Sept. 30 because of the end of grant funding.

Promoviendo has served the community for more than six years in its work with Latino adults on health promotion to prevent, reduce and manage chronic disease. Current eligible clients are being referred to the Nurse Navigator program at the health department.

For more information, call 335-2005.

September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps, will take place in September.

National Preparedness Month is held to encourage Americans to make sure they are prepared for disasters or emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

For more information, visit www.ready.gov. For items for children, visit www.ready.gov/kids/fun-games.

Herald Staff