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I didn’t grow up receiving vaccines, because my parents did not like the idea, but as I became an adult and studied them for myself I decided that I wanted to do my part to protect myself, my kids, and society as a whole and get vaccinated. The day after my daughter was born, I got my very first vaccines in the hospital. I felt that it was a very important decision to make, because I did not want to risk passing any sort of preventable disease on to my daughter because I was not immune.
Just because you were immunized as a child does not mean that you should stop thinking about vaccines now! Several of the vaccinations require booster shots every few years, and it is important to keep them up to date. Most especially if you will be around a new baby, if you will be traveling or working around children.
As a mom, vaccines are very important to me, especially when my children are young. Newborns are not able to get most shots right away, and they are susceptible to many diseases that could be fatal. Things that may just be a nuisance to an adult, could be devastating to a small baby. This was one of the major factors in my decision to have myself vaccinated for the first time at the age of 22, and it played a large role in mine and my husband’s choice to vaccinate our children.
It may seem like a hassle to go in to the Doctor’s office, make a special appointment, just to get caught up on a few booster shots. This is where Walgreen’s comes in. Walgreen’s makes it easy to get caught up on all your adult booster shots, and even to get your annual flu shot! You just walk in to your local Walgreen’s, no appointment necessary, and get caught up!
A prick in the arm is a small price to pay to protect yourself, and those around you from preventable disease. I am terrified of needles, but I think it is worth it. I would much rather face my fear of needles, than put others at risk that may not be old enough to get the shots, or may have specific allergies that prevent them from being immunized.
One thing that I love that Walgreen’s is doing from now until October 14, 2013 – for every person that goes to Walgreen’s to get their flu shot or any other immunization (including your adult boosters!), they are giving a free vaccine to some one in a developing nation. I love their slogan “Get A Vaccine. Give a Vaccine.” I think it is a wonderful idea! This campaign will provide up to 3 million vaccines for life threatening diseases, such as measles and polio. Those diseases are still a very huge threat in nations without access to the type of medical care and vaccination opportunities that we have in the States, and I love that we can be a part of helping them to get shots and improve their standard of health in those countries.
If you need to get caught up on your boosters, or if you are looking for a place to get this year’s flu shot, I encourage you to stop by Walgreen’s before October 14th, so that your vaccine can help people in a developing nation. It’s easy, convenient and it could save a life (Both here and overseas)! Be sure to follow Walgreen’s on Facebook and Twitter to remind yourself to go get your shots and to keep up with the latest deals and saving opportunities!
Also, be sure to check out the Google Plus Album I put together with photos from our Walgreen’s shopping trip!
In writing this post, I realize that vaccines are a very controversial subject right now. I personally have done a lot of research on the topic, and I fall on the pro-vaccine side of the controversy. That being said, this post is not about debating vaccines. If you are interested in my journey to becoming pro-vaccine and why I keep myself and my kids up-to-date on our vaccines, please feel free to email me and we can chat. But let’s keep the comments section of this post friendly and supportive of the amazing #GiveAShot campaign that Walgreens has put together
Serenity de Clare says
Hi. I got a mailing from my insurance company, one of their monthly ones, and there was an article in there that whooping cough was on the rise again even though we had received our vaccines as a child. So when I went in for my pre-op, I told my doctor I was interested in getting that vaccine, we talked about it for a bit and I ended up getting it.
My Grandpa had shingles right before he died. Idk if he was ever immunized. He was in terrible, agonizing pain. If there is a vaccine for that, I would get it.
I refuse to get the flu shot vaccine for various reasons, mainly because the last couple times I got sick from it and the strain of flue that goes round after the vaccine is always different.
And I am on the fence about my children getting them. If I ever have a child that young. I cannot have children, had a hysterectomy last October and my fiancee and I are on the fence if we want to adopt a child that young. My Mennonite brethren do not inoculate their children and they seem to do fine. Idk. Time will tell I guess. :)