I remember it like it was yesterday. The chairs in the office were cold, plastic and unwelcoming. There were screams of torture coming from the back room. The smell of alcohol permeated the air. I sat, clenching my Mom's hand tightly. The clocked ticked so loudly as I sat, waiting to hear my name called, from behind the big, wooden door. My heart raced. I looked left & right for a way out, but there wasn't one. There was no escape. It was going down. I was about to get my very first set of required vaccines for kindergarten.
O.K., maybe it wasn't quite that bad, but it sure felt like it. I vividly remember yearly trips to the Doctor being some of the most scary times in my young life. I'm not sure if it was the fear of the actual shot or just the anxiety of the entire event, that really got me, but I do know that my mom did the best she could, to try to allay my fears. Even though I was still terrified, it felt nice to know she was close by and it felt even better to know she was gonna stop and get me some ice cream on the way home.
If your little one is a bit "Doctor shy" here are a few tips that might help. . .
Required immunizations might not be the most exciting thing in the world, to a kid, but, for a limited time, when you get a shot, Walgreens will #GiveaShot to a child in a developing country through the United Nations Foundation's, "Shot@Life" campaign.
You don't need an appointment, most insurances are accepted and Walgreen's pharmacists will even forward the records to your PCP.
While shots definitely aren't fun, they are sometimes necessary. So, why not make a difference to an underprivileged child, while taking care of your own child's health at the same time.
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