I don’t usually talk a lot about me, but today I am going to tell you a little more about my life so you understand why I ALWAYS get my flu vaccine. I am wife, a mom and I spend a great deal of my time running this blog. It seems we are at the stage in life where our most precious commodity has become time (isn’t it always though?)
I have been married 8 years this December and with my husband being in the military he has been gone a little less than 50% of our marriage. The military life sure toughens you up in many regards, but what I am thankful for is that since our time together as a whole family can be few and far between at times, we have learned to really enjoy and embrace the time we spend together.
Nothing can ruin our precious moments together more quickly than getting sick. Before we had kids it was one thing, but now trying to juggle toddlers while feeling miserable is another. Before I married into the military life, I don’t think I had a vaccine that I can remember. Outside of the routine immunizations that I received as a child I stayed far away from needles. Once we got married though it was different. I didn’t want to gamble with my health, because we all know that illness only comes on at the least opportune times possible.
I started getting my yearly flu shots because protecting myself from getting sick so that I would have as much time with my husband while he was around became the most important thing to me. Walgreen’s Immunization Clinic makes it simple for adults to get their immunizations. No long lines and special trips to the doctor’s office. All you have to do is drop by the pharmacy while you are doing your shopping and you can quickly and easily get your vaccine and be on your way without hassle or delay. I love how it fits into an everyday errand. When I drove up to Walgreens it literally looked like this! I guess I found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Walgreens doesn’t just offer flu vaccines, they offer a range of adult vaccinations that guard against some more common illnesses such as the HPC vaccine, hepatitis vaccine, and shingles vaccine, in addition to the flu vaccine. They make it so easy, it seems almost silly to gamble with your health.
What I really love though is that Walgreens is passionate about this cause. So much so that they partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot at Life campaign. For every person who receives a flu shot or any immunization at Walgreens, they’ll help supply a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country partnered with the United Nations Foundation’s Shot at Life campaign until October 14, 2013. Walgreen’s and the United Nations Foundation will protect up to 3 million kids from life threatening illnesses such as measles and polio. You can see more about how getting a flu shot can change a child’s life here.
I didn’t used to be a crier, but now that I am a mom thinking of kids that miss needs as basic as vaccinations really tugs at my heartstrings. I think it speaks volumes when a corporation has a cause. We are so blessed, in my life, with my family, and in our country. The Shot at Life campaign gives me the opportunity to bless other’s by doing something I already will be doing. And the cherry on top is that it becomes a teachable moment for my kids. We can talk about why mommy gets vaccines, staying healthy, and how we can give back to others.
Walgreens had us brainstorm what we wanted to give our kids by getting immunized. My entry was this:
I want my kids to have every opportunity to spend the time doing the things that matter like being at school and making memories with our family. Getting sick isn’t in my plan!
Have you gotten your adult vaccinations? Why is it important to you?