Parish Nurse News
Sheila Griffin, RN

2 Important Issues


This flu season has been a particularly terrible one. The CDC reports that there have been an average of 100 deaths from the flu each month from October to December. In addition, the flu has been reported to be rampant in every state in the continental US. That is scary! There is nowhere to hide until this is all over. So what can we do to help ourselves and our loved ones through this? Here are a few simple tips:

Wash your hands regularly. This is so important and so simple. When you wash your hands make sure you lather up well, wash for 15-20 seconds (sing one verse of "happy birthday" to yourself), rinse well and dry thoroughly. Wipe down surfaces in your home or workplace.

Get enough rest. This is important to your body can function at its best and help fend off infection. Eat a healthy diet. This will help boost immunity and help you feel better.

Avoid close contact whenever possible. If someone at home or work is sick, try to keep close contact at a minimum. And if you are sick, stay away from others. It works both ways.

Do not rush to get antibiotics. Antibiotics are meant for bacterial infections. The flu is a virus. Talk to your doctor to check if your symptoms are due to the flu or something else. It is not too late to get your flu shot. Although this year's vaccine is said to be about 30% effective, it is better than nothing. And if you get the flu, the symptoms should be less bothersome.

Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month.

Many people take heart health for granted. Cardiologists are seeing more people with prediabetes, high cholesterol, hormonal disturbances, elevated blood pressure and excessive waist circumference. If you or someone you care about is in one of these higher-risk groups, a talk with your doctor might be in order about screening options.

If you are having chest pains, don't ignore them. See your physician to check it out. It might not be heart-related, but why take a chance?

Take care and God Bless,



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