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  Protect your family this season with flu vaccinations
  By Jill Law, RN, BSN, MHA
  Director, El Paso County Public Health

   The flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children, and the single best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu vaccine each year. Late summer or early fall are the best times to get the flu vaccine to reduce your chances of getting sick with the flu. Getting a flu vaccination is now much easier than most of the tasks parents pack into their busy days.
   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine.
   Flu shots are now available at Public Health’s Immunization Clinic for children who are uninsured or under insured ages 6 months through 18 years. The charge for a vaccine is $14. To schedule an appointment, call the clinic at (719) 578-3199 from 8 to 11:50 a.m. and from 1 to 3:50 p.m., Monday through Friday.
   The flu vaccine is also available at many doctors’ offices and at a variety of pharmacy locations throughout El Paso County. For a flu clinic locator, visit
   An annual immunization boosts your immune system and is the first and most important step in protecting yourself against this serious disease.
   There are flu vaccine products available in different forms, including traditional vaccinations and nasal spray, to assist health care providers in administering vaccines to everyone.
   Influenza in the United States typically arrives in the late fall and peaks from late January to mid-March. During last year’s flu season, 45 people were hospitalized for flu-related illnesses in El Paso County.
   Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with the flu will not have a fever.
   Here are some tips to help stop the spread of germs at home, work and school:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water to help protect yourself from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
For more information on flu, visit El Paso County Public Health’s website at
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  Coalition hosts health and education fair
  By Lindsey Harrison

   As a way to promote the services, resources and programs available to community members on the eastern plains, the Community Outreach Center Coalition held a health and education fair at the El Paso County fairgrounds in Calhan Sept. 22.
   Forty-one vendors participated and more than 150 people attended, said Amanda McMurtrey , pastor of Calhan United Methodist Church. McMurtrey helped organize the event. “Last year, we had 28 vendors and about 45 people showed up. It’s been much better this year,” she said.
   Formed in 2010, the COC is a 501(c) 3 organization. “The COC mission is to promote positive human growth through respect, responsibility, trust, caring, and community.” One of the original founders of the COC, Patty Jolly, said, “This (the COC) is a third generation dream to do something for the community.” The COC partners with more than 20 different agencies that offer services to the community.
   “As the COC was being formed, we became more and more aware of how much was available to people at either low or no cost, and people don’t know about it,” McMurtrey said. This fair was an opportunity to change that, she added.
   In addition to the vendors, the fair offered face painting, balloon animals, door prizes, free massages and free haircuts.
   Vendor Stephen Kutscher, with Rock Solid Chiropractic, said he attended because he felt like it was a good opportunity to educate the public about chiropractic services. “My goal is to change the health of the community through proactive treatment,” he said.
   Colorado Springs resident Lyle Townley said he came out to the health and education fair because Calhan’s homecoming luncheon was going on at the same time. Townley was born and raised in Calhan and graduated from Calhan’s high school in 1953. Townley took advantage of the free haircuts offered by the Paul Mitchell School of Beauty.
   This is the second year the health and education fair has taken place, and the COC plans to make it an annual event, McMurtrey said.
Jaimi Kalich cuts Lyle Townley's hair at the COC's health and education fair. Townley, 77, said this is the first professional haircut he has received since he was 5 years old, having had his mother or wife cut it the last 72 years.
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Francine J. Palmer, DC, FICPA

  Live your best life everyday
  By Francine J. Palmer, DC, FICPA

   Whether you are in the middle of a health care crisis or looking for a way to be healthier, chiropractic care is for you.
   Our bodies are self-healing and self-regulating. This law of homeostasis is the foundation of chiropractic. The body regulates itself throughout your entire life – day and night, managing to keep all its functions equilibrated by itself, without any outside help. When your body is functioning at its best, it does not require anyone to tell you how to digest your food, regulate your heart or your lungs or produce red blood cells. You have the ability to be healthy and express your full potential from the day you are born until your last breath of life. Your body has an innate intelligence that, if it is interfered with, will shut down that ability to function at an optimum level. A favorite saying in the chiropractic community is “nature needs no help, just no interference”.
   Here is how it works. Your brain communicates with every cell, tissue and organ of your body via your nervous system. These nerves relay over three million messages every second between your brain and every one of these cells. Injury to the spine can be so severe as to cause a paralytic injury, as in the instance of Christopher Reeves. He was involved in an accident that fractured the first bone in his spine. Not only was he paralyzed, but his organs slowly began to malfunction and fail because of the changes in his nervous system. Injury can also occur in the form of a subluxation (a misalignment of a bone in the spine that begins to interfere with the way your nervous system functions). While not as serious as a paralytic injury initially, a subluxation can cause severe, long-term health consequences by reducing the function of your nervous system over time. Research shows that just the weight of a dime on a nerve can reduce spinal nerve transmission by 60 percent.
   As chiropractors, we remove that interference so that your body can function at the highest level possible. You can then heal from whatever issue or problem you are having and can therefore live your healthiest, best life possible every day. Having a spine free of subluxation can allow you to recover from a crisis, illness and pain naturally by your body healing itself.
   Studies have shown that the fastest growing segment of our population is the group of individuals living past 100 years. We have seen that people are living longer, and you may live well into your 80s, 90s or 100s. It is time to be proactive and take care of your spine and nervous system now while you have a choice, before a crisis situation arises.
   Problems in the spine can affect the entire body. When your spine is misaligned and there is pressure on the nerves, it cuts off the flow of energy between the brain and the body. This can cause immediate pain and health problems, or it can be asymptomatic for decades and severely affect your health and quality of life, as you age.
   Your nervous system controls how your entire body functions, every second of every day. Chiropractic care can help you express your inborn, innate potential. Your health does not get better by chance and quick fixes, it gets better by change and lifestyle choices. How will you live your life?
   Palmer Chiropractic
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