Parish Health Corner

Immunization Facts

  • Immunizations prevent 2-3 million deaths every year world wide.
  • Immunizations are the most cost effective public health intervention.
  • Global measles mortality rate has declined by 79% from 2000.
  • Measles is easily prevented by vaccination.
  • Vaccine preventable disease cause significant illness, hospitalizations, pain, disability, and death in the US particularly in older adults.
  • Pneumonia is the 5th most frequent cause of hospitalization in the US.
  • Flu Epidemic in the US lead to approximately 3,000,000 days of hospitalization, 30,000,000 outpatient visits, and 48,000 deaths.

Learn more at www.cdc.gov/vaccines, www.who.nit, or www.agingresearch.org/vaccines.


Please Welcome Our Student Nurse

My name is Johnny Robinson and I am a senior nursing student at WVU. I’m from Berkeley Springs, WV and my goal is to be a Pediatric Nurse after I graduate. I’m going to be working in a Faith Community Nursing role with Sandy. If you have the chance, stop by the parish nurse’s office and say hello! I would love for you all to get the chance to know a new member of the SUMC community, and answer any questions you might have.


Flu Shot Clinic

September 24 from 8:30am-1:00pm in the Parish Nurse Office.

Kroger Pharmacy will be providing flu shots, tetanus vaccines with Pertussis, and two kinds of pneumonia shots. They can bill your insurance you will just need to bring your insurance card and drivers license.


September is Fruit and Veggies Matters Month

  • Choose vegetables in color – they are full of vitamins and minerals. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or collard greens.
  • Check the freezer aisle – frozen veggies are quick and easy to make. Try adding some to your favorite dishes as a side.
  • Stock up on veggies – canned veggies are a great addition to any meal so keep on hand canned tomatoes, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, and beets. Select “low sodium” or “no salt added.”
  • Sip on some vegetable soup – heat it and eat it. Try tomato, butternut squash, or garden vegetables. Look for reduced or low sodium options.

Tips to Help You Eat More Vegetables

  • Discover fast ways to cook: Cook fresh or frozen veggies in the microwave. Steam green beans, carrots, or broccoli in a bowl with a small amount of water in the microwave.
  • Be ahead of the game: Cut a batch of bell peppers, carrots, or broccoli and prepackage them for use later. Enjoy them on a salad, with hummus, or in a veggie wrap.
  • Make your garden salad glow with color: It will look and taste great!