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Get a Shot. Give a Shot® and calm down the required vaccines anxiety #GiveaShot

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The dreaded back to school required vaccines trip! We all have to take our kids and we all have had those phases or perhaps still have them of a child terrified of shots. Do you pre-tell your child or let it just happen? I have tried both techniques between our boys and some boys I can pre-tell while the other I cannot do that! Last year I tried a very simple method with my youngest who was full of back to school vaccine anxiety and here is how we handled the trip to #GiveaShot.

Our youngest needed his vaccines last year and he is our most anxious child, but one that I have to pre-tell. If he anticipates things without knowing exactly the way it is to go down and you throw in a twist, he goes nuts. His anxieties work much better by letting him know and trust us that things will happen the way we pre-tell him.  So last year as he was in a money motivated phase, I showed him 10 $1 bills. I told him he can be nervous and even scared, but for every time he fights or refuses, he loses a dollar! After the appointment, he could spend his money on a toy. Why this worked so well is as I noticed him starting the panic, I quietly took out those 10 $1 bills in the room and showed it to him. At that moment, our Dr. asked what that was about and he told him. A shot snuck in during the story he told-“see, that wasn’t too bad” (2 more to go)! He had a startled look until Dr said “There are 2 shots left. Let’s do this fast and if you let me I want to add to your fund”. My son’s eyes lit up. The last 2 shots were given and his Dr reached in his wallet and handed him $2. He was so excited. Want to know the funny thing about this story? Just last week he had his eye on a toy, but not enough money. He remembered last years back to school shot ordeal and says “Mom, do I need shots this year?…because if I do, maybe Dr will give me money and I can get my TMNT sword”. No shots for this year, but funny he wanted them again for the money.

At Walgreen’s you can Get a Shot. Give a Shot® then if you have to bribe your child like I do, their dollars can be spent right there in the Walgreen’s toy aisle full of popular toys my son loves! He loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers so those are his favorite go-to items in the toy aisle. Another fun idea is to visit the bandaid aisle first and let your child choose the bandaids they want used as you can purchase these right there in-store. Grab some fun fruit snacks for them to munch on to relieve anxiety too while there.
Besides the convenience that one-stop shopping brings from a visit to Walgreens from vaccinations to toys, your vaccination trip helps vaccinate children in need. The Walgreens Get a Shot. Give a Shot® program is just as it states-you get your vaccines and for each one your child gets, Walgreens will provide a life-saving vaccine to a child kin a developing country. This program is hosted by the UN Foundations Shot@Life campaign. 
What vaccines does Walgreens offer your child 7 and older?
  • Pertussis/Whooping Cough (Tdap)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) (age 11+)
  • Meningococcal Conjugate (Meningitis/MCV4)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
1 in 5 children around the world lack access to life-saving vaccines which poses a huge health threat. Be a part of the plan to vaccinate as many children as we can and remember Walgreen’s for your back to school vaccination needs. 
Find a store today and visit Walgreens for your health needs!
Disclosure: Parenting Healthy was compensated for this post.
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