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college
immunizations
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Colorado Mesa University classes begin Aug. 17. Students
born after Jan. 1, 1957 need to show proof of two Measles, Mumps and Rubella
(MMR) immunization shots.
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Shared living quarters and close contact with a
large number of people put college students at higher risk for exposure to
vaccine-preventable diseases.
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Students are also recommended to stay up-to-date
on Hepatitis A & B, Meningococcal Meningitis and Tetanus, Diphtheria and
Pertussis (Tdap) immunizations.  
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Contact your health care provider or Mesa County
Health Department to ensure your immunizations are up-to-date.
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Mesa County Health Department provides all of
the immunizations listed above.
Driving
Safety
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According to the City of Grand Junction, there
were 1,519 crashes in Mesa County in 2014, about one for every 123 vehicles.
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The National Safety Council reported the average
cost of a crash involving hospitalization costs at least $74,900 when factoring
in the productivity lost and expenses incurred because of the crashes. A crash
resulting in death can cost as much as $1.5 million per person.
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Be an attentive, defensive, nonaggressive driver
to prevent accidents.
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Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the
wheel and your mind focused on driving.
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Put your cell phone away. Texting while driving
is illegal in Colorado and talking on the phone takes your attention away from the
road.
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Stay at least three seconds behind the car in
front of you. Count how many seconds it takes you to reach a stationary object
the car in front of you just passed.
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Always be aware of your surroundings. Check your
mirrors frequently and scan conditions ahead of you. Keep an eye out for
pedestrians and cyclists.
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Don’t drive aggressively. Follow speed limits
and be a courteous driver to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the
road. 
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Share the road. Prevent accidents in our
community.

For more
information, visit
health.mesacounty.us and mesacountyhealth.com.