Annual Cycling Tour Set for May 20

Experience Jefferson County with a 12-, 25-, 48-, 60- or 70-mile cycling tour

FAIRBURY – It’s cycling season and once again time for the Fairbury Cycling Tour. This tour is a great way to get outdoors and experience Jefferson County while getting some exercise and having fun.  Join us on Saturday, May 20, for this fully supported ride. Registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Ride will begin at 8 a.m. at Jefferson Community Health & Life Fitness Center.

Tour fee is $30 per single rider (for all distances) if postmarked by May 8 and will include the 9th annual cycling tour t-shirt.  Fee will be $35 per rider after May 8 and will not include a shirt.  All ages are encouraged to ride!  Riders under the age of 18 must ride with a parent or guardian.  Kids ages 12 and under ride free!  Sorry, no refunds or rain dates.  Sign-ups will be    accepted on tour day.

Distances are 12, 25, 48, 60, and 70 miles. There will be rest stops with water and snacks along all the routes with a roving SAG vehicle.  SAG  support will end at 2 p.m. Food and showers will be available to all riders in the Burkley Fitness Center after the ride.

Registration forms are available at the Burkley Fitness Center and the Fairbury Chamber. For additional information call Jackie Gregory at 402-239-3559 or the Burkley Fitness Center at 402-729-6139.

JCH&L Encourages Immunization to Protect Children

April 22-29 is National Infant Immunization Week

FAIRBURY – During National Infant Immunization Week April 22-29, Jefferson Community Health & Life encourages parents to make sure their childrens’ immunizations are up to date.

In Nebraska, 26.2 percent of children between 19 months and 35 months of age are not up to date on their immunization schedule, according to HealtyAmericans.org. Those who are not fully immunized are at risk of contracting preventable diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Children need immunization to protect them from many dangerous childhood diseases. Vaccinating your child according to the recommended schedule is one of the best ways you can protect them from 16 serious diseases. To learn more about the diseases and the vaccines that prevent them, visit cdc.gov/vaccines/parents. The website includes age-specific information about all recommended infant, child and teen vaccines.

In Jefferson County, an immunization clinic is offered twice a month by Blue Valley Community Action Partnership at Jefferson Community Health & Life’s Outpatient Services area. JCH&L nursing staff give immunizations, and BVCA staff coordinate the clinic. Clinics are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and the 4th Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Additional Back-to-School clinics are held in July and August. The schedule is available at JCHealthandLife.org or from Blue Valley Community Action Partnership.

Appointments are required by calling BVCA at 402-826-2141, extension 3. Most commercial insurances are accepted through BVCA’s private funding program. All Medicaid plans are accepted, and all uninsured clients are accepted through BVCA’s Vaccines For Children program. BVCA will verify insurance prior to the appointment time. All clients must bring insurance/Medicaid/managed care insurance card to each visit. Walk ins are not accepted.

The immunization clinic is most easily accessed through the Emergency/Outpatient Service entrance on the south side of Jefferson Community Health & Life.

For more information on the immunization clinic at Jefferson Community Health & Life, please contact Jamie Vynalek at Blue Valley Community Action Partnership at 402-826-2141.