Written by Julie Philbrook, Faith Community Nurse
I hope you are staying well in the middle of this outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. It seems that every day we are faced with change and loss. Changes to how we work, learn, and worship. Loss of physical connection with others including hugs, handshakes, and even smiles are hidden by masks. While hard to deal with for these past several months, we do have hope of a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon. While we follow the health expert recommendations for dealing with the pandemic, there are other things you can do to assure you and your family stay as healthy as possible.
I have always enjoyed organizing our CtK annual Flu Shot Clinic. It was fun to connect with people and make it easy for members to get this important yearly vaccination. This year it is more important than ever to do all you can to prevent the flu. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer the flu shots at CtK this year.
There will be Flu Shot Clinics* set up around the community in September and October. It may be at your regular clinic, a pharmacy, or a location that can accommodate the physical distancing requirements. Plan ahead, as some clinics may require appointments or may have longer lines do to spacing. The cost is usually covered by your health plans and/or Medicare, so come prepared with all your health cards. All family members should be vaccinated against the flu for their own health and that of others.
If you do develop symptoms here is a link to a guide to help determine if you might have the flu, a cold or COVID-19 (Symptom Chart). Contact your health provider if you have any questions or concerns.
Stay well, stay safe and God bless,
Julie Philbrook, RN, DNP
CtK Faith Community Nurse
*For those looking for a Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic, click here to see the attached flyer.