We don’t always get the flu shot, but last year we all had to have it based on the recommendations of my ob since I was pregnant with Asa during flu season. We decided to get mine and Hannah’s flu shots together and let me tell you…the entire store knew Hannah was getting a shot. She knew ahead of time, before we even left for the pharmacy that we would be getting a shot and she seemed ok but as we walked into the store she started to hyperventilate and cry. I just don’t even know where this anxiety came from to be honest with you, we have never held her down to force a shot, and we have always talked to her about why we get immunizations and how they help to prevent a lot of people from getting sick.
The pharmacist was fantastic and was trying his best to sooth Hannah’s fears even telling her a story about an older teenage boy who had cried even harder than she was before he got his shot! That made Hannah giggle and set her at ease a bit, but what really worked to get her mind off what was about to happen was that we had gotten her a little something but had it in a paper bag so she couldn’t see it and had no idea what it could be. So she had to guess and that kept her mind busy long enough that the pharmacist was able to give her the shot and slap the band aid on it while she was contemplating what could possibly be in that bag!
Success! We found something that worked really well and hopefully the next time Hannah needs her next round of vaccinations it will still work! I really love the Walgreens #GiveaShot program because it helps provide life saving vaccines through the United Nations Foundation, this program is aimed at school age children 7 and up. #collectivebias