My kids get the flu vaccine each year. Me…I’m a little on the wimpy side and while I SAY I’m going to get the flu vaccine…I usually put it off and hope for the best.
Well…that’s just not good enough anymore.
The last few years, I’ve been dealing with some sinus and respiratory issues so getting the flu on top of that is simply miserable. Throw in that I run my own business and I’m fairly busy with an active home…and there’s simply NO TIME to get sick.
With that in mind…I dragged my wimpy self to Shoppers Drug Mart where my favourite pharmacist (who also happens to be a blogger), was all too pleased to poke me!
AND IT DIDN’T HURT AT ALL!
I’ll admit…my arm was sore for a few days after and I complained every single chance I could get just hoping that someone might take a little pity on me and get me a cup of tea or something (they didn’t.) BUT, I have to say, I have NO PROBLEM putting up with a couple of days of my arm being sore to avoid getting the flu…and I feel MUCH more confident going into Flu Season that I’ve done what I need to do to stay on the healthy side of things.
And really…getting the flu vaccine from a smiling friend, who was really gentle and sweet, was a bit of a no-brainer!
I’ve heard a number of misconceptions about the flu and thought I’d take the opportunity, as part of Shoppers Drug Mart’s #SDMFluFighter Team…to knock down a few old-wives-tales and set the record straight.
Common Misconceptions about the Flu Vaccine:
1. The flu vaccine gives you the flu.
FALSE. 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.
2. You don’t need to get the flu vaccine every year.
FALSE. In order to best protect yourself from the 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.
3. You should wait until the height of flu season to get vaccinated so you’re protected for longer.
FALSE. While it’s never too late to get vaccinated, it’s best to receive your flu shot soon after it’s available. 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 and February, it’s important to get vaccinated weeks before the holiday party season starts.
4. Pregnant women need to get consent from their doctor prior to receiving the flu vaccine.
FALSE. There is no recommendation for pregnant 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.
Getting my few vaccine took 10 minutes out of my day…with no appointment, and it’s absolutely FREE.
Are you getting yours this year?
To help keep your medicine cabinet stocked, one lucky Canadian reader at Curtains are Open will win a prize pack from Shopper’s Drug Mart (Value: $150). Fill in the information below to be entered into the draw!
Prize Pack Items:
- 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
Disclosure: I am compensated for my part in the #SDMFluFighters program, all opinions are my own.