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With flu season right around the corner, it's important to know about your available community resources to fend off the pesky seasonal flu bug. When I need a flu shot or immunization, I go to Walgreens. I chose to go to Walgreens because it has convenient locations, the shots are affordable and may be covered by insurance, the service was quick and the staff was knowledgeable. I definitely felt comfortable getting my flu shot at Walgreens and also felt that I would be protected for flu season.
One other thing I'm truly impressed about at Walgreens is their Get a Shot. Give a Shot. campaign. This is a partnership with the United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life campaign. For every flu shot or immunization you receive at Walgreens from September 2nd through October 13th, you will help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country. Walgreens also donates flu vaccines in the United States and has donated $10 million worth of free flu shot vouchers to Americans without health insurance coverage for a flu shot and those unable to afford one without a voucher through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help drive immunization rates among underserved populations throughout the country.
I've been lucky to have the opportunity to travel and to see a lot of wonderful and beautiful places. One of the places that I've traveled to that most sticks out in my mind is Cyprus. It has an interesting history as it is a politically divided island which is comprised of mainly of people of Turkish or Greek descent.
Did you know?
- Immunization is one of the world's biggest public health success stories. Yet, 1 in 5 children around the globe still lack access to the lifesaving immunizations. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio.
- Seventy-five percent of unvaccinated children live in just 10 countries.
- Vaccines are an especially important health intervention because they level the playing field for the most vulnerable children who are otherwise unlikely to make it to a doctor or a hospital.
- Vaccines have won several battles against preventable diseases in the last few decades. Thanks to a coordinated global effort, the number of new cases of polio — a disease that once paralyzed more than 1,000 children a day — has dropped 99 percent in the last 20 years.
So if you're planning on getting a flu shot this season, be sure to stop by your local convenient Walgreens location. Do so before before October 13th so you can be part of the Get a Shot. Give a Shot campaign which will help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country.