Very few people like having a shot, but it’s important to be up to date with your adult immunizations to prevent infectious diseases and protect society at large from spreading them. They may not be pleasant, but if you’re over the age of 50, you may be more susceptible to the complications that a dangerous disease can cause.
Did you know that Walgreens is offering to donate an immunization to a child in a 3rd world country if you go into their store and have immunizations yourself? All you have to do is walk down the aisle to the pharmacy and they’ll give you your shot right then and there.
It’s called the “Get a Shot, Give a Shot” campaign.” Walgreens has partnered with the United Nations and Shot@Life. I don’t know about you, but I love it when a company gives back to the world at large in such a profound way. Knowing that a child’s life may be saved, makes the idea of someone sticking a needle into your arm much easier to take. After all, it may be saving your life as well.
It’s difficult to listen to news reports talking about how 3rd world countries are being ravaged by Ebola, HIV, and other plagues. Too many men, women, and children in Africa and other countries are suffering and dying. It’s hard for us to imagine, as we sit in our comfy living rooms watching from the safety of our TVs.
One in five children in developing countries does not have access to the life-saving immunizations that keep children healthy. In fact, approximately 1.5 million children in those countries die each year of a preventable disease like pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and polio. It’s frightening to think that one child dies every 20 seconds from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine.
If you’re not up to date with your immunization or flu season is coming on, why not think about protecting yourself and a child at the same time?
There are several immunizations that are recommended for those over 50.
The first is Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis. Most of us had tetanus booster shots while we were kids, but how many of us have kept track of when we last had one? This is especially true if you changed doctors or health care plans throughout the years. Tetanus (lockjaw) is a bacterial disease that can wreak havoc on your nervous system. It can lead to severe complications and even death.
Diphtheria and Pertussis (whooping cough) attack your respiratory system. Both diseases are caused by bacteria and can lead to pneumonia or other complications.
Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis is a combined shot. It’s recommended if you’ve never received the complete series of vaccinations, or if you haven’t had a booster in more than 10 years.
If you were born AFTER 1957, then you should consider having a Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. If you were born before then, you don’t need it. Tests can also be done to see if you have immunity to those diseases in your blood.
If you haven’t had chickenpox or shingles, then it would be a good idea to have a Varicella (chickenpox) shot. If you have had chickenpox, you can still come down with Shingles. The Zoster (shingles) shot is recommended for people over 60 because Shingles can be very painful.
Other shots to consider, depending on your health history, are for Pneumococcal Disease, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B (liver) and Meningococcal Disease (infection of the bloodstream)
Don’t Forget to Have Your Seasonal Flu Shot (influenza)
The flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus. It’s not uncommon for a person over the age of 50 to come down with the flu, and have it turn into pneumonia or bronchitis. Both are life-threatening diseases if they aren’t taken care of. If you have certain chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, anemia, blood disorders, or suppressed immune system, you’ll want to consult with your doctor first before receiving a shot.
In order to help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country, you can take a pledge to receive your seasonal flu shot or any other immunizations you need that are available at Walgreens. They will then donate a vaccine for a child in need, to prevent them from getting a life-threatening disease. That way they can say “. .when I grow up,” instead of “. . .if I grow up.”
Please watch this video and find out more about the partnership between Walgreens, the United Nations, and Shot@Life:
Here’s a list of the immunizations that Walgreens provides:
- Flu (Influenza) – Seasonal
- Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
- Tdap (Whooping Cough)
- Meningitis (Meningococcal)
- Pneumonia (Pneumococcal)
- Chickenpox (Varicella)
- HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
- Hepatitis A (Hep A)
- Hepatitis A/Hepatitis B combination
- Hepatitis B (Hep B)
- MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella)
- Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Are you due for your adult immunizations or need a seasonal flu shot? If so, get them at your local Walgreens and help save a child.