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As the days get closer and closer to school starting, I’m beginning to get more and more health conscious and adamant about my kids being healthy and fit starting the first day of school/college. When we went to my son’s new college for freshman orientation, one of the things that was stressed was that NOW is the time to start taking your vitamins and eating good and getting rest. That was a month ago.
Along with all of the other healthy habits and health concerns that parents face when it starts getting closer to school, immunizations is one that continually comes up. In our state it is a requirement to have your immunizations up to date unless a Dr. signs you off for a medical reason. It used to be you could sign off for personal reasons, but not anymore.
It also used to be that in my circle of friends, whether you did immunizations or not was quite controversial. Half of my friends thought you should definitely vaccinate and the other half didn’t. There was ALWAYS an ongoing debate..Immunizations – Yes or No?
I was on the side of No. Let me explain why… My older kids had always been immunized and we had never had a problem. However when we started having more children and my son was born, he had an unusual reaction to a vaccine. That started me on the road to a lot of research. Fueled of course by the “other” half that thought you should definitely not vaccinate.
It’s funny how when you are researching things you tend to only look at the things you really want to see! I tended to focus on the negative things about immunizations and decided to steer clear of them. We homeschooled back then so it wasn’t much of an issue. However as the kids began to go to public school, I was confronted with the mandatory immunization thing.
By the way I am no healthcare worker..just a Mom that wants to do the right thing for her kids.
I avoided the topic as long as I could until it was thought that my son had Meningitis. Meningitis?! Had he been vaccinated against Meningitis? No!
All of my research and all of my avoiding was based in fear. Fear that vaccinations would hurt my kids not help them.
Kind of ironic isn’t it.
Well my son did not have Meningitis but I made a decision to revisit the whole vaccine idea, because losing my son to a preventable disease scared me way more than my fear of protecting him from some side effects that probably he had outgrown anyway.
My kids are much older and after revisiting the topic of immunizations and doing some research and talking to some wise healthcare professionals, we’ve decided on certain vaccines that we feel our children need.
I liked to have on hand, for the occasion that my kids might be a little uncomfortable:
- Acetametaphine or Ibuprophin
- A Thermometer
- Cold Compress – for the little owee spot ( I have a homemade one that I make)
- Lots of goodies – so the kids think it’s a good thing for a vaccine. (like bubbles and stuff)
- Lot’s of LOVE!
One of the things that I love about Walgreens is that you can pop into the pharmacy and get a quick immunization. For me, this is a major plus! I don’t have to make an appointment, just go in and the trained pharmacist can administer the shot and boom your done.
Not only that, the Walgreens pharmacists will report back to your primary care physician, so you don’t have to do anything! Love it! PLUS they take most Insurance!
Want to here something even more awesome?! For every immunization that you get from Walgreens, you are helping them #GiveaShot to a child in need. 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 [email protected] Campaign.
You ROCK Walgreens and [email protected]!
My son never did have the same reaction to the vaccines that he did when he was a baby.
So as Fall is drawing near and you are preparing for back to school, consider taking some time to pray about getting those kids the vaccines you decide would be of most benefit. This is a super personal decision, but don’t be fooled into thinking that all of the childhood diseases have disappeared. Last year Whooping Cough had a big come back in our area
Don’t let others convince you to live in fear. Either way..Step out and do what is best for your own family.