Pop, pop, dot, here comes the shot. We are living through a pandemic and the flu season, at the same time! Stay healthy! Protect yourself and your family! Getting ready to take the flu vaccine or the Covid 19 vaccine? Time to visit the nurse! Let’s make your visit, as comfortable as possible.
No one wants to be pinched or stuck by a needle. Ouch! Don’t flinch! Immunize to stay healthy!
Get the Flu Vaccine
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that adults receive annual flu vaccinations to protect and prevent the spread of influenza and pneumonia. Babies and children require immunizations as well. Many babies visit daycare sitters and play with older children at home, in the neighborhood, and at community faith centers.
To keep the general population healthy, and prevent senseless illness and death, vaccines are strongly recommended for adults and children. Vaccines are safer now than they have ever been.?
Where can parents get their babies vaccinated?
Some health centers provide immunizations and checkups for babies and children. Some government-funded clinics provide vaccinations at a low cost. If you have a cold, or a compromised immune system, talk to the nurse about rescheduling or delaying your vaccine shot for a few days!
With the popularity of international travel, it’s even more critical that infants and toddlers are immunized.
For example, measles is still common in other parts of the world and international travelers sometimes mistakenly bring measles back to their community where people are unvaccinated.
Taking your precious newborn to the doctor for immunizations can be traumatic for some parents depending on how they feel about immunizations. For some parents, it’s a good idea to stay up to date with their shots.
Even an adult getting the annual flu shot can save you and your partner and family from getting terribly ill.
What should you do
The National Institute of Health (NIH) encourages families to know their family history. Whether or not there are inheritable diseases or congenital health conditions that run in the family are important to know. Please be aware and share all the details of your primary, immediate family members, your bloodline relatives- not just those who lived in the house.
The CDC wants you to know and act on your family health history. By sharing your family medical history, you and your health care provider can promote screenings, and reduce risks for certain medical conditions.
How did your other family members respond to the flu vaccine or other routine annual or childhood vaccinations? Notice any allergic reactions and report them to your doctor or nurse. What are your allergies, are you allergic to eggs, gelatin, or yeast? In babies and some adults, after vaccination, look for high fever, bumps, knots, or red rash.
After your visit
After your visit with the nurse for your vaccination, it’s best to keep things low-key so you can observe your arm and watch for any signs of fever or discomfort. It’s best to start with a snack to catch your breath and settle down for a few hours, after all, you have been poked and pricked!
Ask when do you come back for the second immunization! Mark your calendar and make a mental note, so you will be ready and you can prepare for the second vaccination! Stay healthy by receiving a Flu Vaccine or Covid-19 Vaccine!?