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My daughter loves getting shots. Honestly, as strange as it sounds, she LOVES it! Whenever her baby brothers are due for shots, she begs to get them instead. During one of our recent trips to Walgreens, we noticed the sign outside the entrance for the Walgreens “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” program.
After learning that by getting a shot, she would not only be protected from the seasonal flu, and stay up to date with her immunizations, but it also meant that Walgreens would provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in an underprivileged area of the world, she eagerly asked if she could participate! The idea of helping keep a child healthy that may not otherwise be protected from a horrible childhood disease sounded great to both of us.
From past visits, we knew that our local Walgreens has a wellness area near the pharmacy and we made our way there to inquire about the ” Get a Shot, Give a Shot” program. After waiting a short time while the pharmacy assisted other customers, we were greeted by the very friendly pharmacist. He explained a great deal of information to us, both about how the program works as well as about the importance of these vaccinations. He was very knowledgeable but more importantly, he was really passionate about the program and his job.
The Walgreens pharmacist told us that now through October 13th, with every flu shot or other immunization we get at Walgreens, we will be providing a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation’s Shot@Life Campaign. He told us that 1 in 5 children around the world still lack access to lifesaving immunizations. Progress has been made in reducing measles and polio but children are still vulnerable to deadly diseases. We were stunned to learn that 1.5 million childhood deaths a year can be prevented with vaccines. We felt very humbled and very blessed to live in the United States with such easy access to immunizations and medical care.
Here in the US, Walgreens has donated $10 million dollars worth of free flu shots to Americans without health insurance coverage for flu shots or without a voucher from the Department of Human Services.
After he finished talking to us about “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” program, he took a moment to show us the items he’d be using to perform the shot (only the pharmacist gives the actual shots) and asked if we had any questions. A few minutes later, my daughter’s immunizations were up to date and we were finished! It was quick, easy, and felt so good to know we were helping another child stay healthy!
If your child needs an immunization for back-to-school and if your family is ready to get protected from season flu with a vaccine, visit your Walgreens healthcare clinic before October 13th 2014 to partner with them on the Shot@Life program. Together, we can make a difference!
Walgreens is helping by partnering with the United Nations Foundations and Shot@Life. Together this campaign can supply up to 3 million vaccines to kids that need it most. Thank you to #CollectiveBias and #GetAShot for choosing us to participate in your worthwhile campaign. We feel great about helping out!