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Last week, I came down with a cold. Not even a horrible one as far as colds go – I’ve certainly had worse. But even just this ‘simple’ stuffed, runny nose, sore throat, cough and fatigue knocked me down for several days and I am still catching up on everything that got behind. But having a cold is a huge difference from coming down with something worse, like the seasonal flu, that can last for weeks. Which is one big reason why I stopped at Walgreens today to get my annual flu immunization.

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I get flu shots for myself and my kids every year and strongly believe that these annual immunizations help to keep my family healthy and safe from the flu every winter. I have seen what it looks like when someone comes down with influenza – my husband and oldest daughter both caught it the year that we moved into this house and both of them were sick for a good couple of weeks, with additional recovery time afterward. I’m not willing to take any chances – getting a flu shot is a quick and easy thing that I can do to help ensure that I will (hopefully!) stay as healthy as possible this winter.

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Normally I would get my flu shot at my doctor’s office, but this year I got the immunization at Walgreens, for several reasons. There’s a Walgreens close to our house, so it’s much more convenient than heading downtown to my doctor’s office – and I was in and out of there in about 20 minutes this afternoon. But the biggest reason that I went to Walgreens for my flu shot was because of their “Get a Shot. Give a Shot.” program. Yes, I am participating in a sponsored campaign for #CollectiveBias to help spread the word about this program, but it’s something I would do on my own anyway, because this is such a wonderful idea to help give to others simply by doing something I’m already going to do anyway. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

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What is “#GetAShot. Give a Shot.”? It’s really exactly how it sounds. Now through October 13, 2014 – every time you get your immunizations at Walgreens (such as an annual flu shot), a child in a developing country gets a lifesaving vaccine through the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life program. It’s that simple to help save kids from diseases like measles or polio. I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to vaccinate my own kids against these diseases, so it makes me happy to be able to help give the same protection to another mother’s child, somewhere across the world. Even though immunizations have made huge strides in eradicating these diseases, 1 in 5 kids worldwide still lack access to them.

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But now there’s going to be one more vaccinated child out there – because I got my flu shot at Walgreens today. 🙂