COVID-19 VACCINE
COVID-19 VACCINE Q&A WITH DR. COWIE,
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER:

What are the most common side effects of the first dose vaccine?
Common side effects are arm soreness at the injection site, fatigue and mild headache.

I've heard the second dose vaccine symptoms can be more intense than the first dose, is this true? What are the symptoms?
In general, we are seeing more acute symptoms be attributed with the second dose vaccine due to the body's natural antibody response. These symptoms include arm soreness at the injection site, moderate to marked fatigue, headache, fever and chills lasting on average up to twenty-four hours. For a more in-depth explanation on why the second dose vaccine may illicit stronger side effects and why this is positive, check out this article from The Atlantic.

Is there anything that I should do in advance of receiving the second dose vaccine?
It is not recommended to take medication prior to the second dose vaccine to allow your body to make the most effective antibody response. It is recommended to get good sleep the week leading up to your second dose appointment.

If I experience some of the more acute side effects from the second dose vaccine, is there anything that I can do or take to help alleviate the symptoms?
You can take Tylenol or ibuprofen after receiving the second dose so long as you don't have any contraindications to these medications. In general, just be kind to your body and allow it to do what it was designed to do. Getting good sleep and keeping hydrated are key.

If I have known allergies, am I at risk of a harmful reaction to the vaccine? How does your team navigate this?
Documented anaphylactic (very severe) allergic reactions are extremely rare with the COVID-19 vaccine and have been seen mainly in persons with a history of anaphylactic reactions in the past. If you have a history of anaphylaxis, please notify your vaccinator and we will monitor you for thirty minutes after you receive the vaccine, opposed to the standard fifteen minutes. To date, all documented anaphylactic reactions have occurred in the first thirty minutes of receiving the vaccine.

Is there anything else that I should know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for ALL people ages eighteen and over. The only contraindication to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is a history of anaphylactic reaction to the first dose of the vaccine. Initial studies also suggest that we are less likely to pass COVID-19 to others once we are vaccinated!
SOUP FOR THE SOUL 2021
It's that time of year again! Soup for the Soul is back with a brand new look for 2021.

This year, we want to celebrate YOU! We are in awe of this amazing place that we call home and how our community has banded together during these unprecedented times. While we can't gather in the traditional sense, we think it's time to give our screens a break and celebrate safely while supporting the local businesses that we love! This March:

"SOUPER HEROES" CHALLENGE
Kicking off March 1st, we challenge YOU to recognize a Summit County "Souper Hero" who has positively impacted you during these crazy times. Here's how:
  1. During the month of March, choose a local individual, organization or business that you'd like to recognize as a Summit County "Souper Hero."
  2. Create a Facebook or Instagram post with your shout out message, using the hashtag #SouperHeroes2021.
  3. Challenge up to 3 other individuals to do the same by tagging them in your post.
  4. If within your means, pay it forward by heading to SoupfortheSoulSummit.com to make a contribution in support of the Care Clinic.

"SOUPER CELEBRATION"
Monday, March 29th - Wednesday, March 31st

Treat yourself to some soul warming soup! We are partnering with local restaurants across the county who will be offering select types of soup for dine-in and take out throughout the course of this celebration. A portion of these soup sales will benefit the Care Clinic.

Stay tuned for more information... we will be unveiling our restaurant partners and soup menu options on Monday, March 1st at www.SoupfortheSoulSummit.com.
MEDICAL
AMERICAN HEART MONTH:
7 STRATEGIES TO LIVE A HEART-HEALTHY LIFE

Learn your health history: Know your risks and talk to your family and doctor about your health history.

Eat a healthy diet: Make healthy food choices like more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. Eat less salt, saturated fat and added sugar.

Move more, sit less: Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, plus muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.

Quit smoking: Start your quit plan today! Set up an appointment to speak with one of our Health Navigators.

Take medicines as directed: If you take medicine to treat high cholesterol, high blood pressure or diabetes, follow your doctor's instructions carefully. Always ask questions if you don't understand something. Never stop taking your medicine with out talking to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Rethink your drink: Substitute water for sugary drinks to reduce calories. If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

Monitor your blood pressure at home: Self-measured blood pressure monitors (SMBPs) are easy and safe to use. Your doctor can show you how to use one if you need help.

**The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided this information. To learn more, click here.

ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS: 
Remember only you can take care of YOU. Make your appointment for your annual wellness exam now. Don’t delay important screening tests including mammograms and colonoscopies.

Please call 970-668-4040 with questions or to schedule an appointment.

DENTAL
NATIONAL CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH:
Parents: don't forget to schedule your kiddos' routine dental exams! Children should receive a dental exam every 6 months to prevent cavities and gum issues.

Questions about what you should be doing for your little ones? Check out One Tooth Three: The ABC's of tiny people's teeth; a comprehensive dental care guide for parents with children ages zero to six years old!

LAKE COUNTY DENTAL: Lake County Dental is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call 970-668-4043 for appointments.

For dental appointments please call: 970-668-4055.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
STAFF UPDATE:
Please welcome Elizabeth Schaeffer to the Behavioral Health team. Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate and a long time resident of Summit County. She brings a wealth of experience in private practice and in healthcare. Elizabeth will be concentrating her time at the Summit Middle School SBHC. We are so excited for her to join our team!

MENTAL HEALTH TIPS FOR HEART HEALTH:
Take time to get your blood pumping throughout the day by moving your body. Physical activity, even practiced moderately, can contribute to decreased depression and anxiety symptoms, lead to better sleep and can even strengthen your memory if practiced regularly!

Wellness is about balance: take time throughout the day to have a brain-break. You can do this by taking several deep breaths, focusing inward on your energy level, and observing the things going on around you. When you take time to pay attention to your own state of mind, you can make better decisions as opposed to reacting from a state of stress or panic.

Practice self-compassion and love: It is so easy to be critical and tough on ourselves and we tend to do this much more than we realize. Having self-compassion means being able to connect with yourself in a way that is forgiving, accepting and loving even when situations that are occurring to you may be less than optimal. According to Dr. Kristen Neff, "Self compassion is an act of good will, not good feelings. With self-compassion, we mindfully accept that the moment is painful and embrace ourselves with kindness and care in response, remembering that imperfection is part of the shared human experience."
QUALITY
SUMMIT COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC PATIENT FEEDBACK MEETING:

Thursday, March 18, 2021
6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom

Please join us to provide feedback and insight on how we are doing. Discuss patient-related issues and concerns directly with our staff and let us know how we can improve your experience!

Can't make it? This is one of four annual patient feedback meetings. Stay tuned for future dates!

To participate please RSVP to Laura Twomey at ltwomey@summitclinc.org or 970-668-6689.

Topics discussed at the previous Patient Feedback Meeting in December:
  • Telehealth
  • Sliding Scale Fee model
  • Potential and feasibility of implementing urgent and elderly care services at the Care Clinic
SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS (SBHC)
PEDIATRICIAN SERVICES: Beginning March 2nd, SCCC Pediatrician Dr. Tanya Becker, will be accepting appointments at Silverthorne Elementary on Tuesdays and Summit Middle School on Fridays. To schedule, please call 970-368-1134.

WELL CHILD CHECKS (WCC):
Annual check-up visits (Well Child Checks) are just as important for healthy children as for those who are sick or injured! These visits help ensure that children and teens are getting the care they need to stay healthy. They give the child, parents and provider an opportunity to talk about nutrition, safety, immunizations and many important age-appropriate topics: including healthy sleep patterns, physical activity, habits and food choices, concerns about grades and any changes teens are seeing with their bodies.

Visits at all ages can include:
  • Head-to-toe exam with immunizations (if a parent or guardian is present) and lab tests (as needed)
  • Checks on development and growth
  • Vision assessments
  • Educational information about good physical and mental health
  • Discussions about safety and prevention
  • Getting answers to your questions about your child's health, behavior and development
  • Time to talk your child's learning, feelings, relationships, risk taking and parenting

All six SBHCs are open for medical, dental and behavioral health services via in-person and telehealth appointments. If your child attends a school that does not have an SBHC, or cannot get to his/her SBHC for an appointment, he/she may be seen at the main Care Clinic in Frisco for the discounted SBHC pricing. For questions and to schedule, please reach out today!

Lake County SBHC: 719-486-6981
Park County SBHC: 970-977-9624
Summit County SBHC: 970-368-1134
COVID-19 RESOURCES


Summit County Government: Local information and count symptom tracker


211 Colorado: - confidential and multilingual service connecting people to vital resources across the state.

EASY WAYS TO GIVE BACK
City Market shoppers: Support the Care Clinic by shopping! It's that easy... click the button below to sign up with the City Market Community Rewards program and enter our Care Clinic code:QE113. Then, every time you shop and use your City Market card, they will donate money to the Care Clinic!
And... if you are an Amazon frequenter, please use Amazon Smiles! Click the button below, select Summit Community Care Clinic as your charity and proceeds of your purchases will be donated to us!
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