My oldest son William was diagnosed with Whooping Cough when he was 6 months old while we were living in NYC. It was – to me – the scariest thing in the world. I originally remember thinking he just had his first cold. He had a runny nose, a low-grade fever and a cough. The reason I was worried was because his cough sounded a little different than I thought it should, so it put me on alert. I actually had documented everything in his little baby book because it was all so new for me and I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything. I think I took his fever every 30 minutes because I was so worried about it getting too high. My pediatrician in NYC was an incredible young man and got me in right away. It didn’t take him too long to diagnose William with Whooping Cough. Fortunately William’s Whooping Cough never got serious enough to be hospitalized, but it was a time in my life with William that scared me to my core because I knew how serious it could have gotten.
Ever since that experience with my William, throughout the years, whenever someone has gotten head cold sickish, I’ve always been on Whooping Cough alert. The worst part about Whooping Cough is that it infects the lungs resulting in uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Since I had 4 babies back to back to back to back, it was always a concern of mine when they were little because getting Whooping Cough as a baby is very serious and can be very dangerous. Also, too, since we live near family, when I heard someone around us had Whooping Cough, I would make sure to stay away because it can be really contagious. Lessen the exposure, lessen the chance of getting it… remember, in the McClelland household, we’re like dominoes – one gets it, we all get it.
Well, fortunately, for adults – you can put the worry of getting Whooping Cough out of your mind. You can now get a Whooping Cough vaccine at Walgreens. No appointment is necessary for this, as long as the pharmacy is open, you can get one. It’s as seamless and as easy as that – walk in, get it and go
I recently just told my parents and sister (along with her husband) that they should get the Whooping Cough vaccine at Walgreens because my sister and her husband have a 12-month old baby boy that my parents watch a few days a week. It’s important for them to make sure they’re protecting themselves and keeping baby Brian safe from being exposed to Whooping Cough. It’s pretty incredible that through a simple vaccination, you’re keeping yourself covered, but also babies in your life.
An extra special incentive to get your Whooping Cough shot vaccine at Walgreens is their “Get a Shot. Give a Shot®.” partnership with the United Nations Foundation. This is something I have personally been passionate about spreading awareness of because it’s so incredible. When you get a Whooping Cough shot (or any other immunization besides flu) at Walgreens, Walgreens will donate a life-saving vaccine to a child in need around the world. Immunization is one of the world’s biggest public health success stories. Yet, 1 in 5 children still lack access to the lifesaving immunizations that help keep children in the U.S. healthy. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio. You can be a part of this success story by getting your immunization at Walgreens.
I love the good that Walgreens does. They help change lives. They help make lives better. They care about your health and your family’s health. They have been administering immunizations since 2006 and have over 27,000 healthcare professionals trained to administer all immunizations recommended by the CDC. Pharmacists can even provide an immunization assessment and recommend the immunizations that are right for you. It’s a pretty remarkable resource to be able to turn to day or night.
Not to mention, the tremendous good you’re giving a child, both near and far, by getting a shot at Walgreens.
Disclaimer: *Donation currently valid for non-flu vaccinations. Aggregate donation of up to $1 million. Vaccines subject to availability. State-, age- and health-related restrictions may apply.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored posting with Café Mom and Walgreens. All opinions are 100% my own.