Flu vaccines and angry faces

crying-babyMy baby boy isn’t going to like me very much tomorrow. That’s because I’m taking him to his doctor’s office for his second round of the flu shot. Neither of my kids was thrilled last month when I first took them in for the flu shot. In fact, once the nurse pulled out the needle, my almost 3-year-old daughter (who’s no fan of taking turns or sharing with her little brother) was quick to say, “it’s baby’s turn… it’s baby’s turn,” so the baby would go first and she could buy herself some extra time (and probably hope that the nurse would forget to give her a shot, too.)

It breaks my heart to see my kids’ tears after a shot. And I hate the angry faces they make at me, blaming me for their pain. But I remind myself that it’s for their own good and I rather they deal with a pinch from a shot than get very sick from flu.

The thing with the flu is that it can be very dangerous, especially to kids and even healthy ones. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 2 in 5 kids who died from flu complications were otherwise healthy and didn’t have other serious medical conditions. That’s very scary. I had the flu several years ago and it completely knocked me out. I missed over a week of work. And, believe me, I would’ve rather been working! I don’t ever want to get that sick again!

If you haven’t already done so, be sure your kids get their yearly flu vaccine. And don’t forget to get one yourself! I just got my flu shot this week and my arm is still sore. I made an angry face at myself in the mirror this morning.

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