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I am not afraid to say it… I believe in vaccinations. Whether it be against the seasonal flu or other illnesses, I am prepared health wise to fight back. If you remember, my baby girl was very, very ill in January 2013. We are so lucky that she is with us today. The thing is, her immune system may not be as good as other children’s because of this. She has a risk of getting ill faster and at a much larger degree. Immunizing our kids (and ourselves) from the seasonal flu is just one way we can protect her from the illness that is in our society.
Did you know that Walgreens offers immunizations to both children and adults? You may know that you can get your yearly flu shot at Walgreens, but did you know that there are other vaccinations that they provide?
Several years ago, my husband’s son got ill over Christmas break. I had a tiny baby (less than a week old) that I was so scared for. Why specifically? He had whooping cough. He was not living with us but did visit so the chance of her getting sick wasn’t as great as it could be. The thing was, neither my husband or myself had been vaccinated. That means that if we contracted this awful illness, we could give it to my newborn. We immediately went out and got immunized against the Whooping Cough and felt so much better knowing we were keeping ourselves and our children safer for years to come.
I have, for the past 10 years or so, gotten a flu shot every year. It was important for me to not get the illness (or at least not as bad as it could be) but also to try and protect my family. When Jemma got sick, she was not fully immunized against the flu. She had one of her initial shots and became ill before her second. We (the rest of the family) being immunized was important so that we didn’t bring home an illness that could cause her to become more ill.
Walgreens is your one-stop shop for fighting the flu. I encourage you to get a flu shot and avoid having to purchase all the other supplies you may need. We recently made a trip to Walgreens to prepare for the cold and flu season. The Take Care Clinic was no longer open, but this is a great place to go for those minor illnesses when you can’t get to your regular doctor. Any Walgreens can offer you the flu shot though so don’t stress about finding any one specific.
When we went to Walgreens, I was talking to the kids about ways to keep themselves healthy during the cold and flu season. Want to see what we bought?
Hand Sanitizer — use this when you can’t wash your hands. Use it often!
Disinfectant Spray — Spray door handles, light switches, toys, keyboards, etc. Anything that gets a lot of hand-traffic, spray!
If you do get sick, don’t stress. Here are a few things we bought to have on hand that are a good idea for the cold and flu season.
Tissues — Especially those that are in small packaging and can be put in backpacks and purses, are important.
Lozenges — Whether from coughing or drainage, a sore throat is something not fun to deal with. Have some lozenges on hand so you are ready!
Electrolyte replacement — If you are ill, your body needs electrolytes. There are several drinks that you can keep in the house that can help with that!
It gets even better! Get a shot. Give a shot!
“Get a Shot. Give a Shot.®” helps supply lifesaving vaccines to children in developing countries through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. That means that every time you get a immunization at Walgreens, they will donate a vaccine to someone who needs it. This may be your seasonal flu shot or any other vaccine they provide. Who wouldn’t want to give back by simply doing what they normally would do anyway? I know that I will be heading to Walgreens for my flu shot this year!
You can take the pledge to Get a Shot. Give a Shot. on the Walgreens website but it isn’t necessary to take advantage of this wonderful campaign.