Our whole family gets the flu shot at Shoppers Drug Mart every year, and just a week ago we made an outing of it. (And by “outing”, I mean we went out for dinner after. I’ll use any excuse.)
I know there are a lot of myths circulating about the flu shot out there, and I’m hoping this post can help encourage those who are hesitant about the vaccination. (I like to think I’m a pretty smart woman, and I do my research before any health treatments for myself or my kids too.)
Here are some common myths dispelled…plus some cute Winn family photos…if I do say so myself!
The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
vaccinations delivered via a needle are either made with an ‘inactivated’ flu
virus that’s not infectious, or with no flu virus at all.
vaccine every year.
flu you need to be vaccinated annually. Getting a vaccine doesn’t need to be a
complicated, time consuming process.
Canadians can drop in to their local Shoppers Drug Mart or select
grocery stores at any time of day, without an appointment.
flu season to get vaccinated so you’re protected for longer.
vaccinated, it’s best to receive your flu shot soon after it’s available,
likely October. The antibodies delivered
via the flu vaccine that protect you against infection take up to two weeks to
take effect, and since the flu peaks between December – February it’s important
to get vaccinated weeks before the holiday party season starts.
from their doctor prior to receiving the flu vaccine.
women to seek consent from their doctor prior to vaccination. However, there
are some people who should seek their doctors’ advice prior to being
vaccinated, including those who have a moderate – to – severe illness and
patients with a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Are you convinced yet? If not, perhaps this will help: 70-90 per cent of flu cases can be averted through vaccination! I like those odds.
Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacies across the
country are making it easy by offering flu immunizations administered by an
injection-certified pharmacist at all hours, without an appointment, just
Now that we’ve settled that, it’s time for a giveaway!
- Life Brand Hand Sanitizer
- Cough Drops
- Vaporizing Cold Rub
- Electrolyte Maintenance Powder
- Disinfectant Wipes
- PC Chicken noodle soup
- PC Facial tissues
- PC Feeling Soothed Tea
- $100 gift card
1. A link to this post (the one you’re reading right now!)
2. A tag for @thismomloves
3. The hashtag #SDMflufighters
Flu shot myths dispelled – plus win a $150 prize pack from @thismomloves
Feel free to use that exact tweet, but be careful with Facebook: if you copy and paste, you still need to type @thismomloves manually or the tag won’t pop up and I won’t be notified in order to count your entry!
The giveaway runs until Friday, December 9th at midnight Eastern, after which time the entries will be totalled and a winner will be chosen through random number generation. Good luck…and happy flu-fighting!
Disclosure: This post was generously sponsored by Shoppers Drug Mart. Opinions are, as always, my own.