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It’s time to get your seasonal flu shot! And no, it’s not too early in the year to get immunizations. I researched this a couple of years ago, and discovered we need a new flu shot each year not because of waning immunity, but because of viral mutation. In other words, the shot you got last Fall hasn’t “worn off”, and if the flu this year was the same as the flu last year you wouldn’t even need a shot. But that’s not the case. Every year the flu mutates and we get a new strain floating around. Experts decide which strains are more likely to be prevalent in the coming year, and those are the strains they vaccinate for.
Also, if you are as impatient as I am, a major perk of getting your flu shot early is no waiting in line! In October those lines can wind through the aisles at every pharmacy in town. Where to get your flu shot? This year that’s an easy question to answer: Walgreens.
For every shot (or other immunization, i.e. pneumonia) given at a Walgreen’s pharmacy from September 2nd through October 13th Walgreens will provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. One in five children around the globe still lack access to life-saving immunizations against diseases such as measles and polio. This program has the potential to supply as many as three million vaccines to kids who need it the most. And it doesn’t stop there. Walgreens has already donated $10 million worth of free flu shot vouchers to Americans without health insurance coverage or those unable to afford one without a voucher through the Department for Health and Human Services to help underserved populations all over the country.
The seasonal flu can be more than just an inconvenience. For the very young, very old, and those with other health issues it can be deadly. And by vaccinating yourself you are protecting not just you, but all the people you could potentially infect if you came down with your flu: your family, friends, and coworkers. Churches, schools, and doctors’ offices are also likely placed to pick up or spread the flu. I’m a big proponent of the flu shot, and would have posted about it this month even if #CollectiveBias hadn’t contacted me about Walgreens and their wonderful campaign.
Of course, being the frugal person I am, every year I also think about all the money I won’t be spending in the cold and flu aisle or on a doctor’s visit, flu test, and prescription flu medication. Flu shots are a bargain any way you look at it 😀
One last tip, a brilliant one I received from this lovely lady who was in my local Walgreens the other day to get her flu shot.
It was her birthday, and she told me she got a flu shot on her birthday every year as a gift to herself! What happens every year in September that you can use to remind yourself to get your flu shot? I can use my Mom’s birthday, my best friend’s birthday, my Mom and Step-Dad’s anniversary, when my Autumn Joy Sedum blooms appear, or when my Butterfly Bush blooms are gone. Or, of course, you could do it the boring way and put it on your calendar 😉
So #GetaShot at your nearest Walgreens ASAP – no appointment needed. You’ll be doing something good for yourself and for a child you’ve never met at the same time. Consider it your Random Act of Kindness for the day.