The Parish Nurse is a liaison between the individual and their family, parish, and medical health system, promoting both physical and spiritual health care, and assisting with active health care issues. Care is given to balance faith, knowledge, and skills to help the individual reach an optimum sense of well-being. The Parish Nurse does not provide physical nursing care but instead works to assure that the medical and spiritual needs of parishioners are met through the gifts we each receive from the Holy Spirit. The Parish Nurse functions through the following seven roles: health educator, health counselor, referral agent, health advocate, facilitator of volunteers, developer of support groups, and integrator of faith and healing of mind, body and soul. If you would like to contact the Parish Nurse, please use the information provided below.
Linda M. Walsh, RN, BSN
Flu Shots Q & A
Q: Can the flu be deadly? A: Tens of thousands of people die every year from the influenza flu virus or its complications. Flu shots can lower these statistics.
Q: Is the flu the same every year? A: The flu virus mutates every year and therefore new vaccines are needed.
Q: Does the Catholic Church endorse flu shots and other immunizations? A: The Church states we are responsible to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases especially to those who are most vulnerable such as the young, the elderly, and those who are ill with compromised immune systems.
Q: Are flu shots made from human embryos? A: Chicken embryos are used to manufacture flu shots, not human embryos.
Q: What is “herd immunity” and how does it help? A: When everyone (the “herd”) gets immunized, the spread of the flu is minimized. Even if you do not usually get the flu, getting the shot will help you prevent spreading the virus to others whose immunity is not as strong.
Q: Can you get the flu from the flu shot? A: The flu shot is made with an inactive virus and therefore you CANNOT get the flu from the shot. Side effects may include aches, low-grade fever, or runny nose, but these are not the flu.
Q: How long does it take for the shot to work? A: A minimum of two weeks is needed to build up immunity against the flu. It is recommended to get your shot before the end of October each year.
REMEMBER: Flu shots SAVE LIVES! Be sure to IMMUNIZE!
Upcoming Healthcare Events at St. Ann's
Flu Shots – Sat & Sun 9/29, 9/30, 10/6, 10/7; Sat 3-7 and Sun 8-2 in Nursery A
Medicare ABCDs – 10/11 at 7pm, 10/18 at 1pm, 11/1 at 7pm in Room 30
Long-term Healthcare Planning – Wed 11/14 at 10am & Thur 11/15 at 7pm in Room 30
Other Healthy Information From Around The Community
Caregiving Academy – hands on training for family members giving care at home. Personalized training for individuals based on your family’s unique situation. Classes offered by Comforting Arms home care professionals. For more information call 678-819-3775 or go to www.comfortingarms.com.