Latest News – October 29

Receive Vaccinations and Assist Emergency Responders  

As the East Coast prepares for an unprecedented weather event, challenging first responders and emergency personnel in a way never seen before, it’s easy for Leadville and Lake County residents to think about local emergency situations.

While most residents would consider weather related emergencies to be the biggest threat to the area, other concerns need to be considered, more specifically contagious disease. This Saturday, November 3 there will be an event hosted by the Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA), in cooperation with the Lake County Office of Emergency Management (LCOEM) which will provide residents with the opportunity to receive vaccinations. In addition, this event will allow local health and emergency officials with a disaster response training opportunity to prepare in the event of a possible contagious disease situation in Lake County.

On Saturday, local public health officials will be offering the TDAP (covering Tetanus, Diptheria & Pertussis)  & Flu vaccinations  from 9 a.m. – to noon at the Lake County Search and Rescue Bldg., 700 E. 10th Street in Leadville.  The public is highly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and to be prepared for the flu season and the current TDAP epidemic. 

Flu vaccines will be provided for children 6 months thru adult. You will access this building from 11th street, and drive thru so no one needs to get out of the car.  Children should have their legs easily available, adults their arms.  Please, no pets in the vehicle. 

  • Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield & Rocky Mountain Health Plans are accepted with insurance cards.
  • Children up to age 18 without insurance  or underinsured will be given free
  • Adults uninsured or with other plans the cost is $25.00 (cash, check, or credit card) 

TDAP (covering Tetanus, Diptheria & Pertussis) will be available at no charge for adults 19 and older and who are not current on their Pertussis (whopping cough) vaccination.  The state has seen over 1,000 cases of Pertussis this year.  This is a contagious disease and the best prevention is the vaccination.

“One hallmark of influenza viruses is that they are constantly changing,” as reported via the LCOEM Facebook page. “If a non-human (novel) influenza virus gains the ability for efficient and sustained human-to-human transmission and spreads globally, an influenza pandemic occurs.” 

If you have additional questions regarding these vaccinations please contact the Lake County Public Health Agency at (719) 486-2413.  

There is also another way that residents can help to prepare themselves for emergency situations. If you have not yet registered for the Lake County Public Alert System, do it NOW! It only takes  5 minutes and you information is stored in a secured data base.

Up to now, if you had a landline telephone in Lake County you were automatically included in the Reverse 911 system. So if an emergency was happening in Lake County, you would be notified through a reverse phone call.

Through the new Public Alert System, Lake County residents can add cell phone numbers to that list, thanks to the new software updates at the dispatch center.   You have to manually sign up online, but you can add other telephone numbers of people who would benefit from receiving notification in the event of a Lake County emergency.

So while many will be glued to their televisions and computers watching the East Coast situation unfold, please take a moment to prepare you and your family in the event of a local emergency. Then take advantage of this Saturday’s vaccinations.

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