My son is going back to school in just a week. We thought everything was in place, until I got a call from the school nurse that he needed his last shot in a vaccine series before he started. We had thought it was okay to wait until his next physical, but instead found ourselves scrambling to fit it in. Add in the fact that my son really dislikes shots, and it was a stressful start to the school year. Thankfully, Walgreens is making the lives of parents easier by offering required vaccines – right in store.
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When you choose Walgreens for your school-aged child’s immunizations, they will provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation Shot @Life Campaign. Giving back and allowing for another child to have the same health benefits as my child is a great thing.
Walgreens makes the whole process really easy. The program, aimed at school-age children age 7 and up, is convenient and helps parents to ensure their child is up-to-date with their immunizations. The service does not require an appointment, which helps busy families. In addition, most major insurance companies are accepted. To keep your health records up-to-date and complete, they will even inform your primary care physician or pediatrican about the visit so your records stay up to date with your doctor.
The convenience and well-organized procedures at Walgreens make getting immunizations a breeze – not to mention, there is always something I need to pick up when I’m at Walgreens. I get to cross items off my shopping list, get my child his needed shots and help a child in a developing country receive their life-saving shot….all at the same time.
While Walgreens makes immunizations easy, helping a child overcome a fear of shots is a bit more challenging. My son is very fearful of shots. He was fine when he was little, but as he became more aware (and not easily fooled) it has become harder to get him to cooperate.
Here are some tips for Reducing the Fear of Shots in Children
- Be honest & truthful, especially with older children. Don’t tell them it won’t hurt, but instead explain why it is good for them. Keep it short and simple, and don’t dwell on things too much. Answer their question and reassure them you’ll be with them.
- Play Doctor: Let your child practice giving a favorite stuffed animal, a sibling or you, a pretend shot. Have your fearful child explain to the “patient” why the shot is important. Teaching them to teach their “patient” will, in turn, give them some coping skills.
- Cough Trick: A clever nurse once used this trick with my son and it helped. The nurse asked my son to cough 1x. Then she asked him to cough again. During the 2nd cough, she quickly gave him the shot. The premise is that the sensation of feeling the cough in your body takes away from the sensation of the shot. Worth a shot, right? (pun intended).
- Other Distractions : Consider using an app or watching a video during a shot. You can also bring along a favorite stuffed animal or book to read.
- After a job well done, reward your child for being brave, even if there were tears. A sticker, a fun ‘tattoo’ or small treat,like gum, will do the trick in helping them to forget all about the shot.
Now that you know how to help your child through any shot, have you made sure your child has all of their needed immunizations?
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