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Even though the weather in the desert is still (very) warm, fall is approaching quickly. Before we know it, the weather will be cooler, more time will be spent indoors, and the season will be here. Flu season that is. It’s already time to start thinking about your seasonal flu immunization.
As a person with asthma, I know that flu shots are an important part of staying healthy over the next few months. Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), while people with asthma aren’t any more likely to get the flu, influenza can be much more serious for people with asthma, even if their symptoms are well controlled with medication. So, while I seldom have problems with my exercise induced asthma, I always make sure to get my seasonal flu shot.
Other groups that should get an immunization against the flu include children under five years old, adults 65 and older, and pregnant women. Other people at high risk include those with chronic lung disease such as COPD, heart disease, endocrine disorders such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease. or immune disorders. For a complete list, check the CDC website.
For the last few years I have gotten my seasonal flu shot from my neighborhood Walgreens. Not only is it close to home, and doesn’t need an appointment, they also accept most insurance plans. To make it even better, this year Walgreens has introduced their Get a Shot, Give a Shot program.
What is Get a Shot, Give a Shot? Very simple. For every flu shot or other immunization that you get at Walgreens now through October 13, you will help to provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign.
In many parts of the world, children fall victim to diseases that are completely preventable. Immunization has successfully saved so many lives, yet 1 in 5 children in developing countries still lack access to these life-saving vaccinations. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made progress, particularly in reducing the cases of polio and measles.
That made it easy. Not only did I get my seasonal flu shot at Walgreens, I’ve been telling everyone about the #GetAShot program (even random strangers who saw my bandage). As a bonus, my local Walgreens’ pharmacist is also a friend, whose mom lives right up the street from us. He even let me take a picture of him after I told him about this post supporting the program. Good sport!
Walgreens has also donated $10 million worth of flu shots to American’s without health insurance coverage to help drive immunization rates among underserved populations throughout the country.
Getting a flu shot only takes a few seconds, and you could help save someone’s life. That’s worth it, isn’t it? Have you had your flu shot yet?