- Tattoos and piercings are as popular as ever.
Choosing a reputable and inspected body art or tattoo facility can make an
incredible difference in your health.
- Mesa County Health Department inspects all
facilities that administer tattoos and piercings annually to ensure a safe and
- Our inspectors check facilities for anything
that could potentially spread disease, such as:
- Use and disposal techniques for gloves and
- Bloodborne pathogen certifications.
- Proper handwashing techniques.
- Facilities that have been inspected by Mesa
County Health Department officials will have certification in the building.
- If you notice your piercer or artist isn’t
following proper procedures or if the environment is unsanitary do not follow through with your tattoo
- HIV, Hepatitis C, Methicillin-resistant
Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and any other bloodborne illnesses can be
contracted during the tattoo and/or piercing process if your artist does not
- Never let
a person tattoo or pierce you in their home.
- Proper care of your tattoo or piercing is vital
in reducing risk of infection. Be sure to follow aftercare instructions
provided by your piercer or artist.
- If you aren’t sure about a facility or would
like inspection information about a facility, call the Mesa County Health
Department at 970-248-6900.
- Flu season is just around the corner and residents should take preventive measures to avoid getting sick.
- Last flu season, Mesa County had 122 cases of influenza and the state had a total of 3,444.
- Getting the flu shot protects not only yourself but those around you with immune-compromised conditions.
- Symptoms of influenza can include fever, chills, sweats, headache, fatigue, coughing and body aches.
- Avoid getting influenza this flu season, which can last until spring, by getting your flu vaccination and practicing good handwashing techniques.
- Flu shots are available at the Mesa County Health Department by appointment. Call 248-6900 for more information.