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All of my international travel has been to developing countries. Places I am lucky to have seen with beautiful scenery, rich culture and a different way of life. I want my kids to have the same experiences, to appreciate our lives and understand a bit about how other people live. This means staying healthy enough to travel and keeping up our immunizations.
We have health insurance and access to immunizations but not every family does especially those in developing countries. My boys may not appreciate getting shots but they also don’t like being sick. Luckily we now can avoid some of the illnesses that used to be common by staying up-to-date on their shots.
Unfortunately 1 in 5 children around the globe still lack access to lifesaving immunizations. While measles and polio are essentially eliminated in the US, coordinated efforts are still happening to significantly reduce cases around the world. Someday I hope my boys can appreciate that they have been healthy enough to travel and helped other kids get immunized too.
Get a Shot. Give a Shot is a Walgreens led campaign in partnership with the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign. From September 2nd through October 13th, for every flu shot or other immunization you receive at Walgreens, you will help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.
From school immunizations to seasonal flu shots, each one can help supply up to 3 Million vaccines to kids that need it most. Walgreens also helps locally by donating $10 million worth of flu shots to underserved populations within the United States. I appreciate the convenience of getting my flu shot at one of several local Walgreens locations near me (by appointment or simply dropping in). Convenience and helping other kids get immunizations makes Walgreens a win-win!