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Flu Season

Well guys it is that time of the year again. Flu Season is fast approaching! There have been several cases already reported this season from people that I know. Doctors and the CDC are recommending that you get your shot sooner rather than later this season. We are very blessed that the vaccine is readily available. If you are able to receive the flu shot, I urge you to get it as soon as possible. The vaccine is recommended for people 6 months, pregnant women and of course all of us.

What Flu Vaccines are Recommended This Year? This season, only injectable flu vaccines (flu shots) are recommended. Some flu shots protect against three flu viruses and some protect against four flu viruses.

Options this season include:

  • Standard dose flu shots. Most are given into the muscle (usually with a needle, but one can be given to some people with a jet injector). One is given into the skin.
  • High-dose shots for older people.
  • Shots made with adjuvant for older people.
  • Shots made with virus grown in cell culture.
  • Shots made using a vaccine production technology (recombinant vaccine) that does not require the use of flu virus.
  • Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) – or the nasal spray vaccine – is not recommended for use during the 2017-2018 season because of concerns about its effectiveness.

    Can I get a flu vaccine if I am allergic to eggs? The recommendations for people with egg allergies are the same as last season.

  • People who have experienced only hives after exposure to egg can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health.
  • People who have symptoms other than hives after exposure to eggs, such as angioedema, respiratory distress, lightheadedness, or recurrent emesis; or who have needed epinephrine or another emergency medical intervention, also can get any licensed flu vaccine that is otherwise appropriate for their age and health, but the vaccine should be given in a medical setting and be supervised by a health care provider who is able to recognize and manage severe allergic conditions. (Settings include hospitals, clinics, health departments, and physician offices). People with egg allergies no longer have to wait 30 minutes after receiving their vaccine.
  • Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse

    Hope Class

    every 2nd Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the Counting Room

    Hurt + Jesus = Hope

    You are not alone! All of us will have a time in your life where we grieve. There are many reasons for that. You may lose someone that you love, suffer a loss of a relationship, have difficulty within your families. There are many reasons for grieving. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.

    Faith Community Nursing at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church provides a Grief Support Group the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Counting Room. This group is open to everyone in the church and community.

    We invite you to come and hear messages that will lift your spirit. This group is about coming into a safe place to talk, share or perhaps just soak in the experiences of others.

    If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to call me at 704-633-0922 (church office) or email me.

    Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse

    Women of Faith

    every 2nd Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room

    The Parish Nurse Ministry sponsors Women of Faith Bible Study every 2nd Thursday, with few exceptions, at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room and picks a place to eat afterwards.

    Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

    in 2017 four blood drives are scheduled

    We are excited to continue our new partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas with our 2017 blood drives scheduled on May 8, August 14, and November 13, from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a goal of 35 units.

    Average in and out times is less than an hour. Making an appointment helps to prevent a back-log of donors during the collection period.

    Appointments may be made by contacting Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse or Alice Davis.

    Parish Nursing coordinates with Rowan Helping Ministries their needs for the month.

    Please check your weekly Epistle for the ongoing needs of this needed ministry.

    Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts to those less fortunate!

    Rowan One Church One Child

    Rowan One Church One Childis a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services and Rowan County churches whose purpose is to ensure healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division.ROCOC's goal is to keep birth families intact or assist relative caregivers who provide care to children. Please contact Jon Hunter at 704-216-7914 for more information about this program.

    St. Paul's Lutheran Church sponsors Rowan One Church One Child. During the year, Parish Nursing highlights items that are needed for this ministry. We thank you for your generosity and support. Please continue to review your weekly Epistle and monthly Epistle for how you can help.

    What is a Parish Nurse?

    The Parish Nurse Ministry is designed to build on and strengthen the capabilities of individuals, families, and the church congregation, to understand and care for themselves and one another in light of their relationship to God.

    Parish Nursing is a program focusing on holistic concepts of health care and the belief that health involves the integration of body, mind, and spirit.

    CHS in collaboration with the St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet and church leadership, supports the Parish Nurse Ministry in an effort to positively impact the health status of the church community. The St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet is composed of volunteers who are interested in a holistic approach to health care.

    Goals of the Parish Nurse Ministry?

    Personal Health Counselor: The Parish Nurse advocates for individuals by discussing health concerns and offering knowledge of health options while supporting individuals as they make choices to meet their health needs.

    Pastoral Partner: In collaboration with the Pastor and staff, the Parish Nurse participates in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing.

    Referral Service: The Parish Nurse serves as a liaison between the church and community resources.

    Health Education: The Parish Nurse collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet provides information for the church community through bulletin inserts, seminars, group support, and health screening activities.

    Facilitator and Resource: The Parish Nurse identifies health and wellness needs within the faith community collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet to coorinate health resources within the congregation.

    What if I need our Parish Nurse?

    Contact Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, or call at (704) 633-0922.

    Jill will reply as soon as possible to answer any questions or listen to any concerns and offer help and support. She is in the church office on Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.-12 noon and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. for any office visits. If there is an urgent need, please call the church office and the Church Secretary, Genevieve Baker, will contact her as soon as possible.

    Who is our Parish Nurse?

    Jill Earnhardt, RN, is the Parish Nurse for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jill is native to Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School. She is a graduate of Stanly Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy as well as a Registered Nurse. She is married to Perry Earnhardt and has 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna Earnhardt Shay and Ivy Earnhardt. In her spare time she is very active in her church, enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, her dog Judge and her chickens. She is engaged in a special educational program for Parish Nursing and is associated with Carolinas Health Care System.

    Jill is a warm individual skilled in the art of caring. Professional and well-qualified, she is ready to treat you as a whole person, taking into account your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being with confidentiality.

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