Wednesday, November 20, 2019

GETTING OUR YEARLY FLU SHOTS AT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL...





Today, I’m going to be discussing a topic that I haven’t shared before on my blog. A topic that I’m passionate about, studied for years in college, and stand behind -- vaccinations and flu shots. I’m extremely thankful to have the opportunity to partner with Texas Children’s Hospital to share more information about the flu vaccine and my experience with Texas Children’s Pediatrics. My children have been going to a Texas Children’s Pediatrics practice for over 4 years. We trust the staff, our doctor and the hospital to take care of us. The nurses and front desk staff are always very patient and understanding. With motherhood and life being crazy, I appreciate that Texas Children’s helps remind me about upcoming appointments and truly makes it so easy with their MyChart online patient portal.

One important thing that helps with smooth visits to our pediatrician is making our children feel like they AREN’T at the doctor’s office. My children pick up scents and recognize them quickly. Once my children get that first shot, it's difficult for them to go back because their last memory is getting a “boo boo.” The nurses and our doctor help my children feel comfortable by asking them about their day, talking about the cool stickers they’re going to get and being upbeat.


When it comes to vaccinations, I’d say that I’m fairly educated about them. I minored in biology in college so there were tons of classes on vaccinations. One class that I took that helped me understand more about vaccines was microbiology. It helped explain how vaccinations are preventative and how the myths we hear are incorrect. When it comes to getting vaccinations and well-child checks, those appointments are my top priority. It’s important for me to know the health and developmental stages that my children are at. 


My children get all of their vaccinations when they are at the appropriate age and get their flu shot every year. It’s recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get the flu shot every year. October through May is peak flu season and the flu shot can prevent us from getting Influenza; it can also lessen the severity of flu symptoms. The flu is a contagious illness caused by viruses that infect the throat, lungs, and nose. I choose to vaccinate my children because it can help prevent them from getting the flu. 


The flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses every year, but unfortunately, thousands of people still die each year from the flu or its complications. The flu can affect anyone, but it’s more dangerous for babies under 6 months and people over the age of 65. There are many myths about vaccinations, but it’s important to be properly educated on vaccines and the pros of keeping up-to-date with all of them (more information here). Getting vaccinations, particularly the flu shot, is a choice, but my choice is supported by facts, history and education. When my children are under the weather, it’s the worst feeling in the world and I want to do everything I can to prevent them from getting ill. 


When we got our flu shots, Easton did so well. He was scared at first, but then acted as if nothing happened. I told them all that I would also get one to show them how brave I was and to help make them feel more comfortable. That didn’t help Liam or Chloe because, like most children, they freaked out when they heard the word “shot.” The reality of getting our children’s vaccinations isn’t always so cheerful, but it’s important. You can learn more about vaccine facts and myths here.


Thank you so much for reading! I’m very open about discussing these topics and happy to talk to y’all about it more. xo,


Annie  








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