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MCPH Urges Additional Precautions as Holiday Gatherings Approach, and COVID-19 and Influenza Circulates Putting Additional Strain on Local Hospitals

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body
art inspections

  • 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
    clean environment.
  • Our inspectors check facilities for anything
    that could potentially spread disease, such as:
    • Use and disposal techniques for gloves and
      needles.
    • 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
    or piercing.
  • 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
    follow standards. 
  • 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
vaccinations
  • 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.