August 2012

Immunizations are not just for kids!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

in News

You never outgrow the need for vaccines. Recognizing August as Immunization Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds us that the need for immunization remains just as strong as when we were children. As adults, we must continue to maintain our own health because our families and loved ones depend on us to care for them and to teach them how to care for themselves. Stay healthy and be a positive role model. 

The CDC notes that specific immunizations you need as an adult are determined by factors such as your age, lifestyle, high-risk conditions, type and locations of travel, and previous immunizations. Throughout your adult life, you need immunizations to get and maintain protection against:

.For this information and additional resources, visit the CDC web site at

Garfield Heights welcomed another centenarian as Elvira celebrated her 100th birthday at Jennings Center for Older Adults.  Just imagine, she has lived through 18 presidents of the United States!

Born in in August 1912, Elvira was the second of five children for Angelo and Antionetta Pinto. She grew up in Wickliffe, Ohio and attended Wickliffe City Schools. Elvira recalls that her daily chores included feeding the chickens, gathering eggs and helping her father and siblings tend to the backyard vineyard.

Elvira married her husband, John, on October 19, 1940 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Wickliffe, Ohio. They built their home in Wickliffe, welcoming their son Johnnie into their lives in 1953 when they adopted him from San Remo, Italy. Elvira took pride in her household duties, especially washing walls and windows.  She most enjoyed crocheting, canning, baking and family gatherings. Elvira also worked at Revco Drug store in Wickliffe as a store clerk and cashier for 27 years, retiring in 1977.

Elvira has been a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society, since its beginning in 1928. She is the proud grandmother of three and great grandmother of four. She was thankful for the proclamations commemorating her 100th birthday, including those from Garfield Heights Mayor Vic Collova, Wickliffe Mayor William A. Margalis and the White House. She celebrated with a party thrown by her Jennings friends as well as a party with her family.