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We’ve been busy with lots and lots of back to school preparations. In doing so, I came across something I feel is very worthy of being shared: the Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot campaign. Did you even know that Walgreens offers immunizations? I hate to admit this, but I knew they did flu shots but nothing other than that! There’s a whole list of immunizations they offer! Many school-aged children are going to be getting immunizations soon so why not visit your local Walgreens for back to school supplies and immunizations all at once!?
When I visited a local Walgreens I noticed right at the front door that they offer immunizations! They also proudly displayed their “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” campaign sign. When your child gets a vaccine at Walgreens they will help provide life saving vaccines to children in developing countries through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.
Inside, as I approached the back of the store in the pharmacy area to get more information I saw another sign with information on all of the vaccinations they offer! I was surprised they offer so many right at my local Walgreens! The pharmacist explained to me that their goal is to make immunizations quick and easy! You do not need an appointment and they accept most insurances! They will even report back to your primary care physician with the information about what immunizations your child received for school.
I know immunizations are not easy for children. Especially when they are school aged and old enough to understand what will happen. I made a list of things that can help your school-aged child (7 and over) get through their immunizations a bit easier.
When a child is going for a vaccination, don’t make a big deal out of it. Don’t talk about it for a long while before hand. You’ve decided it will happen, don’t make it seem like a choice to the child.
When you are there, most importantly, sing to and/or cuddle the child. Show them you are there for support and you love them. Distracting their attention away from the pain is the best way to make it through vaccinations. You can discuss plans for later on, make plans for the weekends, etc. Kids love being a part of making plans! Another distraction we’ve found has worked great to get our kids’ minds off of pain is cartoons! With today’s technology, you can have cartoons readily available on your iPhone, iPad or other smartphone or tablet. Another option? Our pediatrician has bubbles in her pocket and always has. Our kids know they are there and no matter what we go to the doctor for they look forward to her blowing bubbles for them! I’ve recommended to numerous friends to take bubbles in their diaper bags, purses, etc. to distract children from feeling bad or from unpleasant doctor appointments. It an amazing distraction! Finally, and this is typically my last resort – offer a sweet solution. It’s not bribery, it’s a reward for going through something you know upsets them, makes them feel bad, scared, etc. Offer a small treat to help them get through it!
Walgreens has all of our back to school needs, school supplies, flash cards and fun books for the toddlers (to include them in back to school), and even plenty of sweet treats! This back to school season be sure to stop by Walgreens for your back to school needs and the convenience of immunizations right in your neighborhood. Why not Get a Shot, Give a Shot – it’s always better to help someone else while getting what you need! #GiveaShot
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