Though all my sponsored posts are worthwhile, this one’s especially close to my heart, so please read it and help. Oh yeah: Many thanks to #CollectiveBias & the Walgreens #GetAShot program for sponsoring it. As usual, all opinions are my own.
Despite all the findings in their favor (incl. but not limited to the prevention of millions of deaths), immunizations still represent something many American parents willingly avoid, putting the lives of their children–and EVERYONE else around them–at risk.
You see, vaccines are like a “first world problem” in this country, and as such, it’s something many of us take for granted. But in third-world countries, people don’t have the “luxury” of ignoring them; they simply don’t have access to them! Which is why abstaining from them seems crazy to me.
Because many families around the world can’t get them, Walgreens decided to take action by striving to none other than give a vaccine to a child in need for every vaccine you get through a new program called “Get A Shot. Give A Shot.”
What is “Get a Shot. Give a Shot”?
This Walgreens-United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life partnership will allow you to help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country for every flu shot or other immunization you receive at Walgreens from September 2nd through October 13th.
How will the Walgreens partnership with Shot@Life help?
Though immunizations represent one of the world’s biggest public health successful case studies, one in five children around the globe still lack access to the lifesaving vaccines! Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts–like Get A Shot. Give A Shot.–have made (and should continue to make) significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio.
What About the USA?
In case at this point you’re all “I get that vaccines are important and that kids in other countries need them” and are still wondering whether Walgreens donates vaccines to people here, I’m pleased to clarify it does.
In fact, the company has donated $10 million worth of free flu shot vouchers to both Americans without health insurance coverage for a flu shot and has worked with the Dept. of Health and Human Services to increase the rates of vaccinations in underserved communities.
In Case You Were Wondering, Yes, Your Child’s Vaccine Also Helps
When they get their back-to-school immunizations at Walgreens, the company will help provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in need through this program. These are the vaccines they’ll most likely be getting (click on the pic to find out more):
So head on over to your nearest “Corner of Happy & Healthy” (aka Walgreens) between now and October 13th and get a flu shot and/or any other kind of immunization to automatically donate one to a child in need!