Health Ministry News

November 2016:  DONOR SABBOTH MONTH:

Greetings from Your Health Ministry Team,

November is Donor Sabbath Month!   Currently, there are over 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, thousands more lives could be healed or improved through cornea and tissue donation. Organ donation is a topic that brings up many questions, especially when a family is faced with making a decision they may not have discussed with their loved ones. Here are some points to consider:

  • Get the facts. There are many misconceptions about organ donation.  To learn more go to www.donatelifeamerica.com.
  • Organ donation is supported by all major religions in the United States. To see specific religious views on organ donation go to www.organdonor.gov.

If you have made a decision to become a donor, and want to and want to be sure your wishes as a donor are carried out:

  •  Speak to your loved ones. It’s important to let them know your wishes.
  •  Register as an organ donor at www.donatelifeamerica.com.
  •  Mark your driver’s license and/or carry a donor card.

As a community of faith, we are assured that Christ came so that we may have life and have it abundantly. May our faith fill us with compassion to give the most wonderful gift we can give…LIFE!

As always, feel free to contact any member of the Health Ministry Team if you have any needs or health-related questions.

Here’s to your health!

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October, 2016  FLU SHOT CLINIC INFORMATION:

Greetings from your Health Ministry Team,
Fall has arrived, and with that comes the onset of flu season. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released updated flu shot guidelines, which are included below. The Health Ministry Team will be holding a FLU SHOT CLINIC on Sunday, October 2nd.  See below for details.

The CDC committee recommended that all people 6 months old and older should receive the flu vaccine.  Children between 6 months and 8 years old who are receiving the flu vaccine for the first time should get two doses one month apart, the committee recommended.  After receiving two doses in one year, children only need one dose of the vaccine in future years.

New this year- the CDC is no longer recommending use of the Flu Mist, as evidence shows that it has not been effective in preventing the flu.

There are people who should not get the flu vaccine, or should talk to their health care provider before receiving the vaccine:

  • If you have a severe allergy to eggs or any other ingredient in the flu vaccine
  • If you have had Guillan-Barre’ Syndrome
  • If you are not feeling well — talk to your doctor about your symptoms

Sunday, October 2nd, from 9:30-10:45 a.m., the Health Ministry Team will hold a FLU SHOT CLINIC in the office for those age 6 years and older Offerings include:

  • Flu Shot- quadrivalent (protects against 2 A viruses and 2 B viruses)- at a cost of $25
  • Flu Shot- high-dose quadrivalent for seniors- for those age 65 and over- Medicare will cover

Please bring Medicare and/or insurance cards, as your insurance claim will be filed for you.  For private pay, please bring a check.  The Clinic is sponsored by U Save Pharmacy. We hope to see you there!

Here’s to your health!