Whew! I took this as a great opportunity to distract her and teach her (and Ronin who was with us) a little something about vaccinations, because yes they suck but are oh so necessary.
Telling School Agers Why They Need Shots
I explained to Ellie and Ronin that we get shots to avoid coming down with certain very bad sicknesses. I let them know that even Mommy and Daddy have to get these shots because it’s very important for our own health, but also the health of those around us. I told them how sad I would be if either one of them ever got sick, and how lucky they are to be able to get the shots.
“Lucky!?” they said.
Yes, I told them, because in certain parts of the world kids don’t have enough money or access to these shots, and many of those kids get sick without them.
They’re both very familiar with the concept of money so that part made sense, but access? So we talked about how certain parts of the world don’t have things like we do in the United States. Ronin love geography so later we took a look at the map in his room to talk a bit more about it.
The concept that other people’s lives are not like our own is difficult for them to grasp at 4 and almost 7, but it was a start. These kind of discussions are important to me, especially because they’re middle class kids living a pretty privileged life. I want them to appreciate what they have in life and know it’s important to help others.
Your Child’s Vaccines can Help a Child in Need
It was shortly thereafter that I learned about Walgreens Gift a Shot. Get a Shot. program. The program is for school age children 7 and up. When your child gets their school immunizations, like whooping cough or meningitis at Walgreens, they will help provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.
I love this. We’re already Walgreens customers and have been shopping at our current location for about 10 years, so we’re always there anyway. I think when Ronin needs his next round of vaccines we’ll have them done there. Its quick and easy, you don’t even need an appointment. The Walgreens pharmacist will report back to your primary care physician and most insurances are accepted. I know ours is because I got my last flu shot at Walgreens.
While you’re doing your Back to School shopping, think about your child’s required immunizations too. You could easily get it all done at Walgreens, and with Get a Shot. Give a Shot. help a child in a developing country as well. That is absolutely win win.
Have you had the “shot talk” with your kids?